School and Camp Announcements Leave Questions For Parents

School and Camp Announcements Leave Questions For Parents

As the Province takes steps to reopen Ontario’s economy, parents remain uncertain about summer child care plans.

On Friday, the City of Toronto announced that regular summer camp programs would be cancelled. Families will automatically be sent refunds of registration fees. City staff are developing a new program, called CampTO, to allow some high-quality camp programming within current public health guidelines. This means spaces may only be 50% of what would normally be available.

Yesterday, Premier Ford announced that overnight camps across Ontario would also be closed …

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City Launches CurbTO To Address Lineups and Sidewalk Congestion

City Launches CurbTO To Address Lineups and Sidewalk Congestion

Though staying at home remains the best way to stop the spread of COVID-19, when pick-ups at grocery stores, pharmacies or restaurants are necessary, physical distancing can be challenging.

The City announced steps today to address spacing on sidewalks near businesses where line-ups cause crowding or where temporary pick-up parking causes congestion.

Toronto Public Health and Transportation Services have identified more than 100 hot spots across the city where curb lanes could be incorporated into the sidewalk space to reduce conflicts or where new pick-up parking options …

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Online Vigil Posted to remember April 23, 2018

Online Vigil Posted to remember April 23, 2018

In memory of the tragic events of April 23, 2018, we pause to remember an afternoon our community will never forget.

This year, when we are unable to gather physically, We Love Willowdale and the Willowdale Interfaith Coalition have come together to create a virtual vigil. It features poetry reading, placing of flowers for those lost and injured, reflections on the tragedy, and a moment of silence.

You can see it by visiting to www.facebook.com/welovewillowdale.

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City Tax and Utility Payments Deferred

City Tax and Utility Payments Deferred

Due to the financial hardship caused by the pandemic, the City has decided to temporarily postpone property tax and utility payments. Here’s what that means:

All due dates between March 16 and May 15 have been extended for 60 days.
If you are paying on a monthly basis, the due date for payments between these dates will be extended by 60 days.
If you have submitted post-dated cheques for 2020, the City will hold them for an additional 60 days before they are cashed (ie. your April 1 cheque …

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Seniors Resources

Seniors Resources

This guide is designed to help Willowdale residents find some resources that are available in Willowdale or in the GTA. This guide compiles non-profit, community, and government resources that can help during the Covid-19 crisis.

FOOD ACCESS & EMERGENCY RESOURCES

Free Food Hamper Delivery for Seniors
Call: 1-833-204-9952

The City is working with the Red Cross and other partners to provide food hamper delivery to seniors and others in need who are self-isolating and unable to leave their homes to access food.
This is an essential, free service.

SPRINT Senior Care’s …

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City Working to Protect Residents & Staff at LTC Homes

City Working to Protect Residents & Staff at LTC Homes

The City of Toronto began measures when COVID-19 was first identified to protect staff and residents in its long-term care homes. Despite best efforts and proven measures to contain outbreaks, this virus has had a devastating impact on those who work and reside in long-term care homes, nursing homes and other institutions where our most vulnerable receive care. The City of Toronto operates just 10 of the more than 80 long-term care homes in Toronto, providing care for approximately 2,600 residents. To date, there are …

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UPDATED: Yard Waste Collection & Landscaping

UPDATED: Yard Waste Collection & Landscaping

Update (April 17, 2020):

The City of Toronto will continue yard waste collection for another two weeks from April 20 to May 1. The start of seasonal yard waste collection was suspended in March as part of the City’s COVID-19 response to ensure adequate staffing levels to continue the core collection of garbage, blue bin (recycling) and green bin (organics). Residents are asked to put their yard waste out before 7 a.m. on their regularly scheduled garbage/yard waste collection day. If yard waste is not picked …

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City Hall Live Performances Go Digital

City Hall Live Performances Go Digital

City Hall Live Online, a showcase of Toronto musicians, kicked off-off today at noon and featured a performance by The Weather Station, introduced by Mayor John Tory. The series will run Monday through Friday from noon to 1 p.m., with two shows per day until the end of June.

This series, in partnership with Unison Benevolent Fund, will directly compensate more than 100 local artists for 30-minute performances from their homes, livestreamed via Facebook Live at https://www.facebook.com/City-Hall-Live-106149534367134/.

Toronto-based musicians can apply for City Hall Live and other …

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Willowdale Bird Migration

Willowdale Bird Migration

by Anne McConnell, Edithvale-Yonge Community Association

The second annual Willowdale Bird Migration Meet-Up was planned for May, 2020 by the Edithvale-Yonge Community, West Willowdale Neighbourhood and Willowdale Central Neighbourhood Associations, as part of the Toronto Bird Celebration.  The event has been postponed, but if you’ve been spending time looking out your window, even if you are completely new to birds, there are still lots of things you can do!

Willowdale’s resident birds such as the American Robin, Northern Cardinal and American Goldfinch are busy singing in our …

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Online Medical Assistance

Online Medical Assistance

The following links are for medical assistance provided online in the Willowdale neighbourhood:

Get Well Clinic

Request an appointment for full Virtual Care through the website, https://getwellclinic.ca/.

Get Well Clinic is an interdisciplinary medical clinic providing comprehensive medical, health and wellness care. Providers are University of Toronto trained. Family doctors will be your first point of contact for your health. You can also phone (416) 508-5691.

Cover Health

Virtual Walk-in Health Clinic with Cover Health provides access to virtual care services from anywhere through their website, https://cover.health/.  They can serve …

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Emergency Food Resource

Emergency Food Resource

For Willowdale residents worried about how to afford food, or how to get safe access to food, there are local services designed to help.

The best source for up-to-date information on food program availability is 211toronto.ca. Food listings are updated daily as information is received from providers. Residents can call 2-1-1 directly, or view the map of food bank locations: https://covid19.211central.ca/gta-food-banks/

Local resources are also available:

Salvation Army Food Bank

CALL IN ADVANCE to book an appointment: 416-225-7968 ext 228

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9am-2pm
Limit of food for each …

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Government Canada Support

Government Canada Support

In response to COVID-19, the Government of Canada has introduced the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit as part of Canada’s Economic Response Plan.

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months to:

Workers who must stop working due to COVID-19 and do NOT have access to paid leave or other income support (including EI).
Workers who are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19.
Working parents who must stay home without pay to care …

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