Dear Friends and Neighbours,
This week is National Volunteer week, and I’d like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all of the York South—Weston residents who have stepped up to lend a hand to those in need. I’m genuinely inspired and encouraged by the massive outpour of support and generosity that I have seen from residents contacting my office asking how they can offer their time, money, food or resources to help our vulnerable population during these challenging times. The compassion I have seen has been truly uplifting. Thank you!
The Community Place Hub is offering online sewing classes. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to hem a pant or make scrunchies, the tutorials are presented via Facebook live on their page.
Toronto Hydro will be replacing aging underground electrical systems in the Stockyards area.Construction is expected from May 2020 until September 2021. This will impact the north side of St. Clair Ave W and the west side of Keele St. Please click here to see the construction notice.
Stay safe, everyone!
What can you do in a park?
At this time, the park is not meant to be a destination like it used to be. People can walk and run there, get some exercise and but then keep moving. While the City will no longer be issuing tickets to people using park benches, these benches are not destinations to congregate. Benches are not sanitized. People may unknowingly spread the virus by sneezing or touching the bench. For more information visit the City’s website or check out this fact sheet.
The TTC and Toronto Paramedics are partnering to repurpose decommissioned buses for emergency transport
To support the evolving medical needs of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic, the TTC and Paramedic Services have repurposed five decommissioned TTC buses to safely transport both ambulatory and stretcher-bound patients, including those on ventilators. The converted buses represent a key component of the City's contingency planning to support seamless, efficient, and timely patient care, while also providing important surge capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Vehicles will be driven by TTC drivers with paramedics seeing to the medical needs of patients.
The City of Toronto received shipment of three million surgical masks primarily for long-term care homes and shelters
The City of Toronto has received its order of three million ATSM Level 2 surgical masks, purchased from Canadian distributor AMG Medical Inc. The new masks have passed inspection by City staff and are confirmed to be as ordered. Surgical masks are used extensively by staff in the City's emergency shelters and long-term care facilities.
City of Toronto will virtually commemorate the second anniversary of the Yonge Street Tragedy
This year’s commemoration will take place online due to the COVID-19 pandemic and consideration for public health and safety. In remembrance of the people who lost their lives, survivors and all those impacted by the tragedy, the City will live stream a statement by Mayor John Tory at 9 AM on Thursday, April 23. Later in the evening, there will be a virtual vigil led by community groups, We Love Willowdale and Willowdale Interfaith Coalition. More information is on the City’s website.
Update on enforcement activity
Enforcement of the City's physical distancing bylaw and the Emergency Measures and Civil Protection Act orders is ongoing. Yesterday, the City received 345 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks. Bylaw and police officers issued 32 tickets – bringing the total number of tickets issued since April 3 to 468. Bylaw and police officers have spoken to more than 10,000 people in City parks about the closures and public health measures. The City also received 57 complaints yesterday related to non-essential businesses remaining open in contravention of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. Since March 24, Municipal Licensing & Standards and Toronto Public Health have issued 48 tickets and 126 notices to non-essential businesses.
Summary of COVID-19 Cases in Toronto
Dr. de Villa shared insights into Toronto’s outbreak during today’s media briefing and compared the situation in the city to other jurisdictions, including the provincial and national outbreak curves. The presentation looks at number of cases, hospitalizations, and demographics. The full presentation is available on the City’s website.
For the latest updates from the City of Toronto, please click here.
For the latest updates from the Federal Government, please click here.
For the latest updates from the Province of Ontario, please click here.