April 15 - Update



Dear Friends and Neighbours,

Thank you to everyone who requested a ‘We Are Staying Home’ lawn sign to show their commitment to fighting the spread of COVID-19 in our city. Unfortunately, I have been informed today that the City will no longer proceed with producing or distributing these lawn signs following distribution and logistics issues.

Instead, the signs will be available soon in digital format. Residents are encouraged to print them and post them in windows or to post them online. I will share the link to the digital version as soon as they become available. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and thank you for your understanding.

Toronto Community Housing (TCHC) is taking numerous measures to protect residents and to serve vulnerable tenants during the COVID-19 pandemic. Services such as delivery of daily living needs like food and medicine to residents and seniors who are self-isolating are available. TCHC is also offering flexibility to tenants who have lost employment due to COVID-19.

Call 416-981-5500 or email help@torontohousing.ca at any time to reach a Client Care agent. Visit www.toronto.ca/covid-19 for more information and all the latest updates.

Eglinton Ave W will be reduced to one lane in the Westbound direction tomorrow, April 16, from 10 AM-4 PM between Blackthorn Ave and Gabian Way. Metrolinx crews will be pouring concrete to form a wall in the future Caledonia Station’s main entrance. The construction notice is available here.

The Government of Canada announced that they are looking into topping up the pay of essential workers who are making less than $2,500 a month and expanding the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) for workers making some income or those who are losing seasonal income due to COVID-19. The press release is available here.

Stay safe everyone!

Sincerely,

Frances Nunziata

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Here’s what you need to know today:

DonateTO: COVID-19 portal to support Toronto’s pandemic relief efforts

Today, the City launched the DonateTO: COVID-19 portal which helps businesses and residents make donations of products, services and funds in support of the City’s pandemic relief efforts. The City of Toronto is working hard to support everyone impacted by COVID-19 and there are many ways people can support their community, including donations of personal protective equipment, other goods and services, food and financial. All donations help the City, in coordination with our community partners to enhance needed services and supports, especially for the most vulnerable and those who support them. To date, more than $1.5 million of goods and services have been donated to the City. Visit DonateTO to learn how you can help.

Street sweeping begins this week

Beginning this week, street sweepers will be busy cleaning up dirt and debris from Toronto’s streets to help keep roadways clean and safe. Street sweeping will take place during the day and in the evenings, servicing both neighbourhood and main roads throughout April. Street sweeping helps to remove dust, dirt and other contaminants, assists in improving overall air quality and is an important part of Toronto’s flood prevention strategy, since it removes litter and debris from roadway catch basins.

City urges drivers to obey rules of the road

The City of Toronto is urging drivers to slow down, stay alert and obey the rules of the road to save lives, keep streets safe and accessible, prevent traffic-related collisions and reduce the strain on the city’s healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the City has seen a dramatic drop in traffic volumes, Toronto Police report that from March 15 to March 31, there was a 35 per cent increase in speeding tickets and an almost 200 per cent increase in stunt driving compared to the same period last year. Starting this week, officers from the Toronto Police Service’s Vision Zero Enforcement Team will begin patrolling daily for motorists who are speeding or stunt driving. All red light cameras in Toronto are active and tickets are being issued to motorists who disobey traffic signals.

Ongoing enforcement efforts

The City’s COVID-19 Enforcement Team continues to focus on stricter enforcement, monitoring popular parks around the city and issue tickets to individuals and groups using closed park amenities and not practising physical distancing. The team continues to observe prohibited activity and yesterday the City received 396 complaints involving people using amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks. Bylaw and Police Officers cautioned 470 individuals regarding the closure of park amenities and physical distancing and issued 35 tickets – bringing the total to 252 tickets issued since April 3.

Any two people who don’t live together, who fail to keep two metres of distance between them in a park or public square, can receive a $1,000 ticket – the maximum set fine available. In addition, failing to identify oneself (correct name, date of birth and address) to an officer investigating a matter under the Emergency Measures and Civil Protection Act carries a set fine of $750.

Data

There are currently 2,670 cases of COVID-19 in Toronto.

There are 148 recovered cases and 121 deaths.

There are currently 71 cumulative institutional outbreaks in the city.

This data was last updated at 3:45 PM today.

For detailed information on the status of COVID-19 cases in Toronto, please click here.

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©2019 by Councillor Frances Nunziata.