Playgrounds Officially Re-Opening

Playgrounds Officially Re-Opening

Parents and caregivers that have struggled to keep kids entertained at home will be very glad that as of today, the City of Toronto is officially re-opening its 800 playgrounds.  Please be aware however that the City will not be sanitizing this equipment.  Make sure that kids stay supervised, that they wash hands before and after play, physical distance as much as possible, and wear masks if playing in closer proximity to others. If playgrounds get too busy, it might be smart to find a different …

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Council Starts Down Path to Balance Books, but Questions Remain

Council Starts Down Path to Balance Books, but Questions Remain

This week, City Council began to wrestle with the very large hole in the City’s budget resulting from COVID-19.  Since March, the City has been hard hit by additional expenses, especially from areas like shelter and housing support, or the need for additional protective equipment and cleaning supplies.  Expected revenue has also dropped dramatically, especially from fewer riders on public transit, reduced municipal land transfer taxes and reduced revenue from user fees.

Altogether, the City now expects it will be short $1.9 billion for it operation …

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Farmers Market to Reopen!

We were happy to work with the North York Farmers Market to enable their return to Mel Lastman Square on Thursday July 16. This will be welcome news for many of our residents, who have been missing this opportunity to support our local farmers and businesses. The following vendors in attendance: Willowtree Farm, Motherdough Mill & Bakery, Superior Meats, Elfsong Apiaries, De La Terre Bakery, Thames River Melon and Jack’s Farm.

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Cracking Down on Utility Companies

Cracking Down on Utility Companies

When construction crews are working in our neighbourhoods, residents expect efficient, high quality work, effective communication, and accountability if something goes wrong.  These are all important principals of customer service that should guide City contracts and third party companies doing work on City property.

In 2019, Rogers Communications began a multi-year project for the installation of fiber optic cables in Willowdale and across Toronto. Over the past several months, we have received a number of complaints regarding work being done on sidewalks and city streets in …

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Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) Program

Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) Program

The City of Toronto will move into the next phase of it’s Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) program on Monday, July 6 and start to issue tickets to speeding drivers.

The ASE pilot was initiated in January to increase road safety, reduce speeding and raise public awareness about the need to slow down and obey posted speed limits. There are 50 cameras installed across the City’s Community Safety Zones near schools. Before now, we have only issued warnings to speeding drivers.

Willowdale locations currently include Patricia Avenue west …

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CurbTO

CurbTO

As resurfacing work on Yonge Street nears its end, residents will see elements of the City’s CurbTO program implemented between Sheppard and Finch. This is an opportunity to ensure a safer environment for pedestrians during the pandemic, and an opportunity to create a safer mainstreet ecosystem that supports local businesses and promotes active living.

CurbTO is a City wide program designed to re-purpose curb lanes adjacent to businesses to better support physical distancing. There are two main initiatives within this program: Curb Lane Pedestrian Zones will …

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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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