June 10 - Update

Dear Friends and Neighbours, Due to a fire investigation at Amesbury Sports Complex, the Emergency Cooling Centre has been relocated to Amesbury Community Centre (1507 Lawrence Ave W). ‘Slow Down’ lawn signs are now available! Please contact my office if you would like to have one delivered to your home (don't forget to mention your address!). There are two designs available (pictured above). Please indicate if you prefer the blue or yellow design. Youth Employment Services is offering opportunities for youth ages 15-30 through online channels. To find out if you are eligible and more info about the Youth Collaboration program contact sharon_dsouza@yes.on.ca or 416-504-5516, ext 262. To find out if you are eligible and more info about the Job Central groups, contact alan_ott@yes.on.ca or 416-656-8900, ext 100. The next Youth Collaboration and Job Central groups will be the last groups for the summer, and they both start on Monday June 29th. Check out the UrbanArts newsletter for all their latest news and updates. Sincerely, Frances __________________________________________________

York South—Weston CONSTRUCTION & TTC NOTICES: TTC route diversion: The timeline for diversion of the 32C Eglinton West and 79 Scarlett Rd buses is extended until July 17. As part of Phase 3 of the City’s basement flooding protection program, construction crews will be working on Wright Avenue between Jane and Pine streets.  This requires the 32C Eglinton West and the 79 Scarlett Road buses to be diverted on to John Best Avenue and Sam Frustaglio Drive. Metrolinx Crosstown: Temporary Sidewalk Diversion at Keelesdale Station. Pedestrians will be rerouted along the north side of Eglinton Avenue West, around York Memorial Collegiate. Access to businesses will be maintained. Expected timeline: 30 days, began on June 9.  Metrolinx Crosstown: Lane Reduction on Eglinton Ave W for Concrete Pour at Caledonia Station on June 11 and June 13. During the pours, westbound Eglinton Ave W will be reduced to one lane only between Blackthorne Ave and Gabian Way. Lane reductions will begin as early as 7:00 AM and last for approximately six hours. City of Toronto: The City is working to design the Keele Relief Sanitary Trunk Sewer (STS) along Keele St and in the Mount Dennis and Rockcliffe areas. Before work can begin, the City will be taking samples of soil to confirm the underground conditions in the work area. Expected timeline: June 19 - August, 2020. Toronto Hydro: Work is planned to rebuild and relocate the Runnymede Station Feeder (overhead and underground electrical system) within the area of Woolner Avenue (North), Rockcliffe Boulevard (East), Corbette Avenue (South), Jane Street (West). Expected timeline: June – November, 2020



ActiveTO Major Road Closures this weekend

More than 10 kilometres of ActiveTO Major Roads will again be closed this weekend, from Saturday, June 13 at 6 AM until Sunday, June 14 at 11 PM:

  • Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes only) from Windermere Avenue to Stadium Road. As a result, the eastbound Gardiner Expressway off ramp to Lake Shore Boulevard West (exit #146) will also be closed.

  • Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes only) from Leslie Street to just south of Woodbine Avenue (Kew Beach Avenue)

  • Bayview Avenue from Front Street East to Rosedale Valley Road, and River Street from Gerrard Street East to Bayview Avenue.

ActiveTO Cycling Network update

The cycling network is being expanded quickly through temporary installations by repurposing curb lanes along several key corridors. The first kilometre of new, safe temporary bikeway was installed last week along Dundas Street East, between Sackville Street and Broadview Avenue. The next locations that staff are immediately planning for are along University Avenue/Queen’s Park Crescent, between Adelaide Street West and Bloor Street West, on Bayview Avenue between River Street and Rosedale Valley Road, and on Bloor Street, between Avenue Road and Sherbourne Street.

ActiveTO delivers 65 kilometres of Quiet Streets along 32 neighbourhood routes across Toronto

The City of Toronto, through ActiveTO, has now delivered 65 kilometres of Quiet Streets along 32 neighbourhood routes across Toronto.

Quiet Streets are shared space to allow residents to maintain physical distancing, while getting around on neighbourhood streets. Signage and temporary barricades are placed at intersections to encourage slow, local vehicle access only so the roadway can be a shared space that welcomes people who walk, run or bike as an alternative to riding transit. Quiet Street locations were prioritized based on several factors including population density, equity and access, access to greenspace, nearby attractions, traffic volumes and other considerations.

More information on ActiveTO, including an online map of all locations, is available at http://www.toronto.ca/activeTO.

Fourteen City of Toronto Emergency Cooling Centres are open to help residents stay cool during Heat Warnings

With the arrival of warmer temperatures and with a Heat Warning called by Environment and Climate Change Canada for today, the City of Toronto has opened 14 Emergency Cooling Centres to help residents who do not have access to a cool space and cannot keep cool in their home or outdoors.

Environment and Climate Change Canada issues a Heat Warning when it forecasts two or more consecutive days with daytime maximum temperatures of 31°C or warmer, together with minimum nighttime temperatures of 20°C or warmer, or when there is a forecast of two or more consecutive days with humidex values expected to reach 40 or higher. All the centres will operate during Heat Warnings only, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., except Metro Hall, which will run 24 hours during Heat Warnings.

The 14 Emergency Cooling Centre are:

  • Metro Hall, 55 John St.

  • East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave.

  • North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St.

  • Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall

  • Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr.

  • Domenico Di Luca Community Recreation Centre, 25 Stanley Rd.

  • Scarborough Village Recreation Centre, 3600 Kingston Rd.

  • Amesbury Community Centre, 1507 Lawrence Ave. W. (please note this location has changed from the Amesbury Sports Complex, 155 Culford Dr. due to a fire investigation)

  • Wallace Emerson Community Centre, 1260 Dufferin St.

  • Regent Park Community Centre, 402 Shuter St.

  • Malvern Recreation Centre, 30 Sewells Rd.

  • Jenner Jean-Marie Community Centre, 48 Thorncliffe Park Dr.

  • Elmbank Community Centre, 10 Rampart Rd.

  • Ourland Community Centre, 18 Ourland Ave.

An interactive map is available to help those who need to locate an Emergency Cooling Centre near them: https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/health-wellness-care/health-programs-advice/hot-weather/cool-spaces-near-you/.

Tips for keeping cool during extreme heat

Actions you can take to beat the heat, keep cool and stay safe include:

  • Stay hydrated. Drink a lot of water even before you feel thirsty.

  • Take cool showers or baths or use cool, wet towels to cool down.

  • Use a fan near an open window to bring in cooler air from outside.

  • Avoid the sun. Stay in the shade or use an umbrella.

  • Dress for the weather. Wear loose, light-coloured, breathable clothing and, if outdoors, wear a wide-brimmed hat.

  • Block the sun. Keep blinds or curtains closed during the day.

  • Protect people and pets. Never leave a person or pet inside a parked car.

  • Avoid using the oven or stove; they make your space hotter.

  • Consult with your doctor or pharmacist on medications that increase your risk to heat.

  • In an emergency, always call 911. Call 911 if you have or someone you are with has a high body temperature, is confused, is unconscious, or has fainted.

More tips to protect yourself from the heat are available at https://www.toronto.ca/keepcool. When a Heat Warning is declared, those who need assistance or have heat-related inquiries can call 311.

Update on temporary food banks

Nine of the 11 temporary food banks that were at Toronto Public Library (TPL) branches are now closed so TPL can begin their curbside drop-off and pick-up service.

Temporary food banks will continue to operate at two TPL branches with adjusted hours. In partnership with Daily Bread Food Bank, North York Harvest Food Bank and Second Harvest, the majority of the temporary food banks have been relocated to other sites in the neighbourhoods that were formally served by the TPL branches. In total, there are now 17 food bank locations, established as replacements for the previous TPL sites. Two new sites were also opened at YMCA locations in these areas, and temporary food banks at three City arenas continue to operate.

Residents are encouraged to call 211 or visit their website at www.211toronto.ca to get information about these temporary food banks or if they are struggling to get access to food. 211 is the best source for up-to-date information on food program availability.

Ontario Helping Parents Return to Work: Province Reopening Child Care with Strict Protocols to Keep Kids and Staff Safe

Yesterday, the Ontario government announced its plan to reopen child care centres across the province to support the next stage of the province's reopening framework. Developed in consultation with Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health and medical leaders at The Hospital for Sick Children, the plan will require child care operators to follow strict health protocols to ensure the safety of child care staff and children. For more information, please read the provincial news release.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 enforcement

The City’s COVID-19 enforcement team remains focused on providing education about the physical distancing bylaw and provincial orders. Yesterday, the City received 79 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks or squares. Bylaw officers issued 20 tickets. This month, bylaw and police officers have spoken to more than 2,800 people in City parks about the closures and public health measures.

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