Dear Friends and Neighbours, Today, the City announced that it is working with market organizers to safely reopen farmers' markets usually located on 22 City sites. Toronto Public Health has provided recommendations on measures such as crowd control, physical distancing, hand hygiene, cleaning and disinfection, that are available here. The City is working with market organizers to determine the potential reopening of markets this season in compliance with provincial rules and public health guidelines. I am working with the Weston Village BIA to get the Weston Farmers' Market up and running this season as soon as possible. The City also announced today that it is beginning a phased approach to reopening City-run licensed child care centres starting Monday, June 29. This will be done with enhanced health and safety measures laid out by the Province of Ontario to keep children, their families and child care centre workers safe. The City is also developing a plan for prioritizing families in the event that the demand exceeds the number of spaces available. The Province has provided suggestions to all operators to help them prioritize child care spaces, including for children who were accessing emergency child care, parents who must return to work and cannot work from home, and special circumstances. Read the news release here. Pending approval from the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Board next week, the TTC will make it mandatory for riders to wear face coverings as of July 2nd. TTC will be ordering one million masks for riders and giving them out in priority neighbourhoods. Read the TTC's news release here. There are currently six tennis courts open for public play at Eglinton Flats Tennis Centre. The courts are available for free drop in play this year. York South-Weston MP Ahmed Hussen has published his June newsletter. It contains resources on the federal government's support for seniors and persons with disabilities, and more. Click here to read it. ‘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. Please indicate if you prefer the blue or yellow design:
I'd like to remind everyone that all Waste Drop-Off Depots (Transfer Stations) have reopened to the general public. The sites are operating under regular hours, with the exception of the Bermondsey and Ingram Drop-Off Depots, which are only open to the public on weeknights and Saturday mornings. Click here to get current hours for all Drop-Off Depots. Residents are asked to limit visits to Drop-Off Depots and practice physical distancing when visiting. 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. Construction expected until July 7. Metrolinx Crosstown: Lane Reduction on Eglinton Ave W for Concrete Pour at Caledonia Station on June 13. During the pour, westbound Eglinton Ave W will be reduced to one lane only between Blackthorne Ave and Gabian Way. Lane reductions will begin as early as 10 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 New! Toronto Hydro: Overhead Electrical Upgrade is planned within the area of St. Clair Avenue West (North), Fisken Avenue (East), St. Johns Road (South) and Batavia Avenue (West). This is also part of the Runnymede Station Feeder relocation project. Expected timeline: June - Sept 2020. New! For the latest updates on the Eglinton Crosstown, including videos inside of the new stations and information about the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension, please click here.
The City announced SwimTO this week – a quick-start program that will expedite the opening of the City’s beaches, outdoor pools, wading pools and splash pads. City staff are preparing now so that outdoor aquatic amenities can be opened when Toronto enters Stage 2, to help people cool down during hot summer temperatures.
As part of the SwimTO plan, lifeguards will return to six of Toronto’s swimming beaches on Monday, June 22. Lifeguards will supervise each location daily from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Swimming without the supervision of a lifeguard or outside designated swim areas is not recommended. The City will provide lifeguard supervision on swimming beaches coupled with comprehensive crowd management. Beach water quality testing and analysis will be completed by Toronto Public Health to ensure people can swim safely at Toronto beaches.
The six swimming beaches opening on June 22 are:
Bluffer’s Park Beach (Blue Flag)
Cherry/Clarke Beach (Blue Flag)
Kew-Balmy Beach (Blue Flag)
Marie Curtis Park East Beach
Woodbine Beach (Blue Flag)
The City of Toronto will begin to offer summer camps across the city starting on July 13 as part of its CampTO initiative, following the Province of Ontario announcement that summer day camps can operate during the Province’s Stage 2 reopening. CampTO will offer more than 32,000 registered camp spaces for children between the ages of 6 and 12, over eight weeks of camps at approximately 150 locations across the city.
CampTO will offer traditional day camp experiences, including dance, drama, music, arts and crafts and active games. In addition to camps offered at Parks, Forestry and Recreation locations, CampTO will also be offered at six Toronto History Museum sites and one City art centre. City of Toronto takes top spot as fastest growing city in Canada and U.S. The city of Toronto is the fastest growing city and the Toronto CMA is the fastest growing metropolitan area in all of Canada and U.S. in terms of population growth, according to the latest research Opens in new window from the Centre for Urban Research and Land Development at Ryerson University.
As one of the most livable and diverse cities in the world, the city of Toronto grew by close to 46,000 people in 2019. The research shows Toronto’s strong position before the global COVID-19 pandemic and will motivate the City to continue that success through the restart and recovery period. For more information on Toronto’s economy, visit toronto.ca/business-economy/. Update on encampments At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, encampment clearing had not been happening due to the City's focus on creating safe physical distancing within the Shelter system. Since mid-March through June 11, in addition to the 75 shelter and respites sites the City and its partners operate, the City has opened 33 new, temporary sites for physical distancing in hotels, community centres and expanded facilities and is also securing interim housing and permanently housing for individuals. The City is working around the clock to secure additional inside spaces so everyone sleeping outdoors is offered a place inside (shelter, hotels or interim housing). As more spaces open, clients will be provided options to move inside and will be supported to do so with their belongings, and abandoned belongings will be cleared and that encampment site cleaned
As of April 29, 2020, SSHA began to work with individuals living in encampments to access available options of shelter, respite sites and transitional housing. As of June 11, 2020, almost 270 individuals have been moved from encampments to safer spaces inside that include shelter, respite, hotels and interim housing. As a result, 20 encampments have been cleared. 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 a.m. until Sunday, June 14 at 11 p.m.:
· 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.
Residents planning to use Major Road Closures should access them by bike or as a pedestrian as nearby parking is limited and there is no site parking available.
The City also announced that 65 kilometres of Quiet Streets are now available to local residents throughout the city in time for this weekend. Quiet Streets are shared neighbourhood streets for walking, running, biking and slow moving local traffic only.
An online map is available to residents with locations that have been installed as part of CurbTO for businesses (pickup zones and pedestrian zones) and installed ActiveTO locations for residents. Residents can view the map at http://www.toronto.ca/activeTO.
City of Toronto update on COVID-19 enforcement Yesterday, the City received 77 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks or squares. Bylaw officers issued 10 tickets. This month, bylaw and police officers have spoken to more than 3,000 people in City parks about the closures and public health measures.
PROVINCIAL UPDATES: Ontario has recorded fewer than 200 new cases of COVID-19 for the first time since March 28. Health officials reported 182 new cases of the disease today, bringing the provincial total to 31,726. The province also processed over 28,000 tests yesterday. Effective today, all places of worship in Ontario will also be permitted to open with physical distancing in place. Attendance is limited to no more than 30 per cent of the building capacity to ensure the safety of worshippers. The Ontario government announced the gradual resumption of visits to long-term care homes, retirement homes, and other residential care settings. Family and friends will be allowed access to these settings beginning June 18, 2020. Long-term care homes will allow outdoor visits of one person per resident each week at a minimum. More details are available in this news release. People throughout Ontario are being encouraged to establish a social “circle” of no more than 10 people, including those outside the immediate household, who can interact and come into close contact with one another without physical distancing. Ontarians should think of their circles as the people they can touch, hug and come into close contact as we continue our shared fight against COVID-19. While physical distancing does not need to be practised between members of the same social circle, other public health advice, including frequent hand washing, should be maintained. Read the news release here. The Ontario government is lifting the recommended 30-day supply limit for dispensing Ontario Drug Benefit program medications. Effective June 15, 2020, program recipients can return to filling up to 100-day supply at a time from their pharmacy or dispensing physician, when appropriate. Read the news release here.
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