Ontario Issues Temporary Moratorium on Evictions

Ontario Issues Temporary Moratorium on Evictions

The Ontario government has issued an emergency order to temporarily pause the enforcement of residential evictions during the provincial declaration of emergency and while the stay-at-home-order is in force. While this does mean that non-payment of rent will not result in an immediate eviction, it does not mean that an eviction will not happen at the end of the State of Emergency.

The Landlord and Tenant Board will continue to hear eviction applications and issue orders, but the enforcement of eviction orders will be postponed for …

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Christmas Tree Pickup Runs Until January 31

Christmas Tree Pickup Runs Until January 31

With the holiday season over, Toronto garbage will be collecting Christmas trees on scheduled garbage collection days until January 31.

As a reminder – trees in bags or with decorations, tinsel, skirts, stands and nails will not be collected.

Residents who live in an apartment or condo should talk to their property manager about proper disposal. Christmas trees are also accepted at Drop-Off Depots as yard waste.

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Early Closures on Line 1 Continue Next Week

Early Closures on Line 1 Continue Next Week

As a reminder, service on Line 1 between Finch and Eglinton stations will end at 11 p.m. nightly from Monday, January 18 to Thursday, January 21, 2021 for tunnel and signal upgrades.  Regular service will resume at approximately 6 a.m. each following morning.

Shuttle buses will be running to replace service along the subway line during these closures. Buses will operate every 1.5 to 2 minutes, and supervisors will be stationed at key locations reminding and advising both customers and operators of the TTC’s mandatory mask …

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Learn all About Budget 2021!

Learn all About Budget 2021!

COVID has had a devastating impact on the city’s budget, increasing costs and reducing revenue. Although the federal and provincial governments have provided funding to cover some of the costs, Toronto has been left with a budget hole of almost $1 Billion.

We are, thankfully, legally obliged to approve a balanced budget, with no deficit for operating expenses. So the Budget Committee, which begins deliberations next week, needs to find a way to fill the whole.

Certainly, we expect the other levels of government to cover the …

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COORDINATION A CRITICAL PART OF YONGE NORTH SUBWAY EXTENSION

COORDINATION A CRITICAL PART OF YONGE NORTH SUBWAY EXTENSION

As the City begins to advance work on Yonge Street following the Council vote in December, there are other major infrastructure projects in the works that need to be carefully monitored and coordinated with this work.  Metrolinx, Ontario’s provincial transit agency, continues to advance work on the Yonge North Subway Extension (YNSE) with several reports passing through Council in recent months. The YNSE is one of four priority transit expansion projects that were taken over by the Province of Ontario in 2019.

Metrolinx continues to target …

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Vaccination Schedule Update

Vaccination Schedule Update

Many of you are wondering how soon you will be able to get vaccinated for COVID. The answer is not as clear as most would like.

Doses are provided at no cost by the federal government but the provinces are responsible for the distribution. Because there are so many variables at play – the exact shipment schedule for Canada to receive approved vaccines, the number of vaccines that get approved, the efficiency of the distribution system, details have been both sketchy and frequently changing.

Ontario, like other …

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Stay the Blazes Home

Stay the Blazes Home

Stay home. Unless you’re going to a big box store. Or gathering with up to five friends outside somewhere, for something or other. Confused? Well just stay the blazes home.

If this week’s new provincial regulations were merely confusing, that would be easier to deal with. But this jumble of contradictory half measures will almost certainly be deadly.

The numbers are just too high and rising much too fast to roll the dice, in the vague hope that some lucky break will somehow prevail over scientific evidence …

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Catch a Concert with City Hall Live

Catch a Concert 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, a weekly livestreamed concert series to support the local music industry and provide Toronto residents with music experiences at home.

The program kicks off next Thursday, January 14 at 7:30 p.m. online, livestreamed from the Phoenix Concert Theatre and is scheduled to run weekly through the spring. The first performance of the series will …

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Early Closures on Line 1 Subway Starting Next Week

Early Closures on Line 1 Subway Starting Next Week

Starting next week, there will be a series of closures on the Line 1 Subway. These closures are being done for tunnel and signal upgrades, and to support work on the Eglinton Crosstown project. Be advised of closures on the following dates:

Finch to Eglinton nightly 11 PM closures January 11 to 14
Finch to Eglinton nightly 11 PM closures January 18 to 21
Finch to St Clair full weekend closure January 23 and 24
Finch to Eglinton nightly 11 PM closures January 25 to 28

Shuttle buses will be …

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New Rules for Reporting COVID in Workplaces

New Rules for Reporting COVID in Workplaces

There are new rules for businesses so that Toronto Public Health can better track and control the spread of COVID-19.

Effective immediately, business owners or managers will need to immediately notify Toronto Public Health as soon as they become aware of two or more people who test positive for COVID-19 within a 14-day interval in connection with your workplace premises.

To improve accountability, all workplace outbreaks will be published weekly in the categories determined by Public Health Ontario. They can be found on the Toronto COVID-19 Dashboard.

In …

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City’s Approach to Sidewalks Must Change

City’s Approach to Sidewalks Must Change

by Markus O’Brien Fehr, Chief of Staff

In a week without access to school yards, the importance of outdoor infrastructure for physical activity has become even more evident. As with so many families struggling to adapt to online learning for young kids, we’ve been forced to encourage more self-reliance so that we, as parents, can keep up with work.   While this has had predictably mixed results with classroom activities (perhaps a topic for a future column), an independent walk to a local park is something we …

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What’s old, and new in COVID

What’s old, and new in COVID

Much has happened in the three weeks since my last newsletter.

Let’s start with what’s new that looks frighteningly similar to what’s old: far too many of us – many more than the politicians who jetted off to sunny climes while urging everyone else to stay home – haven’t followed Public Health advice. As a result, we’ve seen an even more dangerous spike in case numbers, hospitalizations and deaths.

This week, Toronto recorded 5600 new cases – up from the already alarming 4072 four weeks ago and …

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