Beware Bad Information about Basement Flooding

Beware Bad Information about Basement Flooding

City Staff have been receiving reports of Phone calls and door hangers from private companies related to basement flooding or sewer line hookups increasing across the City. Some of these companies are circulating information that may be inaccurate or misleading.

As a reminder, the City does not make telephone calls or conduct door-to-door sales of any kind and does not endorse any basement flooding products/services or private sewer line installation/hookups. The City’s resources about flood protecting your home are only found at toronto.ca/basementflooding.

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Hot Docs Returns April 29

Hot Docs Returns April 29

The Hot Docs festival will be returning this year, running from April 29 to May 9. Due to COVID-19, the festival will be online, and you can stream films directly to your computer.  The full list of films has been released, and is available here.

There’s never been a better time to be a movie buff, So grab some takeout from a local favourite, and catch some Hot Docs!

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Hey There! Slow Down!

Hey There! Slow Down!

It’s not a surprise to see evidence that speeding is an issue along Doris Avenue. The 4-lane service road serving as a barrier between Yonge Street and the neighbourhoods to its east has long had a bad rap for cars moving too fast, and sometimes even racing. With four schools nearby and a high population density, there are many reasons to take the problem seriously.

But it was still pretty shocking to see some numbers this week coming from our local Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) cameras. …

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Vaccinations and Postal Codes

Vaccinations and Postal Codes

Until now, decisions around who gets vaccinated first has been based mostly on age, reflecting the fact that more than 95% of COVID deaths in the first two waves were among those 60 and older.

As those vaccinations continue and vaccine supply increases, the focus is shifting to those most likely to get infected. Across the city, this tends to be the folks who keep our retail and manufacturing businesses going, who live in apartment buildings, and who can’t work from home. Many don’t have paid …

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Moving at the Speed of Variants

Moving at the Speed of Variants

In an acknowledgement of how dangerous this third wave has become, causing Ontario’s Intensive Care Units to overflow with younger COVID patients who are getting sicker faster, the Province this week imposed a new Stay At Home order.

The Government also announced a faster and more urgent vaccination rollout as vaccines become more plentiful. (See vaccination article below).

This week’s daily Toronto case numbers hovered around 1000, triple the number from just a few weeks ago. Today they jumped above 1300, as the number hospitalized in our …

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CampTO In Person Programs Cancelled

CampTO In Person Programs Cancelled

Due to rising case counts, in person CampTO programs that were scheduled for the April Break have been cancelled. if you have purchased space at a CampTO program, you will be refunded automatically.

Virtual CampTO workshops are still available, and have 950 spaces remaining. These 45-minute long live and interactive online workshops are available to campers age four to 12, every day over the course of the break. More information about virtual CampTO workshops is available at toronto.ca/campTO.

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Urban Gardening Seminar

Urban Gardening Seminar

If you’re interested in learning to garden, our office, in partnership with Steven Biggs, Parkview Neighbourhood Garden, and the North York Garden Club, will be hosting an online seminar about basic urban gardening on Wednesday April 7th, from 7 – 8:30pm.

Topics covered will include:

Organic vegetable and herb gardening in containers and small spaces;
Indoor seed starting; and
How to grow vegetables and herbs in your yard.

This online workshop is organized by Councillor Filion’s office, in partnership with community groups and garden instructors including Steven Biggs, Parkview Neighbourhood …

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Support Live Music with City Hall Live!

Support Live Music with City Hall Live!

Looking to support music in the city and enjoy a great concert at the same time? The City of Toronto has partnered with Unison Benevolent Fund to launch City Hall Live Spotlight (CHLS) , a weekly livestreamed concert series to support the local music industry and provide Toronto residents with music experiences at home.

The program kicked off yesterday Thursday, January 14 at 7:30 p.m. online, livestreamed from the Phoenix Concert Theatre and is scheduled to run weekly through the spring.

Performances will be available at https://www.facebook.com/CityHallLiveSpotlight …

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CampTO Returns for Spring Break

CampTO Returns for Spring Break

The City of Toronto will be offering spring break camps from April 12 through to April 16 through the CampTO program. Registration will open next week at 8:00 AM on Tuesday, March 23.

Designed for campers six to 12 years of age, CampTO, is a creative day camp experience that provides outdoor and physical activities, active and quiet games, arts and crafts and nature-based activities. Approximately 1,600 in-person camp spaces are available at more than 70 locations across the City.

The camp program has been designed with …

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Uncertainty around Cummer Station

Uncertainty around Cummer Station

You’d be in good company if you’ve taken the opinion that governments are more interested in creating transit plans than they are in actually getting them built. Between delays on the Ellington Crosstown, the constant debate over how to replace the SRT in Scarborough, and even the responsibility for transit planning shifting from the City to the Province, there has been a lot of arguing, and not a lot to show for it. The result is confusion. And we’re about to pay a steep price …

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Ages Expanded for Vaccination

Ages Expanded for Vaccination

The outlook for vaccinations seems to be improving rapidly, following the mostly-successful launch of the Province’s vaccination booking portal, the start-up of the City’s vaccination clinics, and the distribution of vaccine at several hundred Toronto pharmacies.

Ontario today announced a two-pronged expansion of this week’s rollout: pharmacies across the province can start scheduling vaccinations for anyone 60 and over; city-operated clinics will begin bookings for those 75 and up.

City Clinics

With fewer than expected residents aged 80 and up registering for vaccinations this week, a decision has …

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Who’ll Stop the Rain

Who’ll Stop the Rain

The rain had ended and food vendors were preparing for a beautiful summer evening in Mel Lastman Square when my optimism was broken by a weather report: “It’s going to be storming again in about 20 minutes.”

I rushed out to warn the vendors. But because it was neither what they were witnessing nor what they wanted to hear, most disregarded the news – until the bad weather arrived on schedule, sending everyone scrambling for cover.

Welcome to the pandemic’s third wave, accompanied by the end of …

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