Stay Cool at North York Civic Centre

Stay Cool at North York Civic Centre

With the arrival of warmer temperatures and with a Heat Warning called by Environment and Climate Change Canada for June 9 and 10, the City of Toronto is opening 14 Emergency Cooling Centres to help residents who do not have access to a cool space and cannot keep cool in their home or outdoors.

In Willowdale, the North York Civic Centre (5100 Yonge St.) has been designated as an Emergency Cooling Centre. All the centres will operate during Heat Warnings only, from 11 AM to 7 …

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Public Urged to Wear Face Masks

Public Urged to Wear Face Masks

To help stop the spread of COVID-19, Toronto Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa and Mayor John Tory strongly recommend that the public wear a face mask or face covering to protect others when in settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained. Toronto Public Health advises that wearing a face mask or face covering in public can help protect others from your germs. However, public health officials continue to stress that a face mask or face covering has not been proven to protect …

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COVID-19 Assessment Centres

COVID-19 Assessment Centres

A number of dedicated assessment centres have been established across Toronto to facilitate assessment and testing. Toronto Public Health (TPH) is not an assessment centre and testing is not provided at TPH offices. OHIP coverage is not required to be seen at a COVID-19 Assessment Centre. The assessment is provided at no cost to the individual. For more on assessment centres, click here.

Who Should Visit an Assessment Centre?
People experiencing at least one of the following symptoms of COVID-19:

Fever (temperature of 37.8C or greater)
New or worsening …

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City of Toronto Update on Parks and Amenities

City of Toronto Update on Parks and Amenities

The City of Toronto continues to safely and gradually open services and amenities this weekend, following guidance from Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health.

Remember when you go outside to follow public health advice and practise physical distancing or wear a face covering or non-medical mask to protect others when in settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Below is a guide to which City services and amenities are open and which remain closed this weekend (May 30):

City Parks and Amenities

City park amenities open this weekend include:

picnic shelters
soccer …

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Canada Day Celebrations Go Virtual

Canada Day Celebrations Go Virtual

To stop the spread of COVID-19, the City of Toronto will join other municipalities across Canada in celebrating a national virtual Canada Day on July 1, 2020.

The City is cancelling all in-person Canada Day events. In Willowdale, those cancellations include Canada Day celebrations at Mel Lastman Square. The City will be working with the many community and cultural organizations to plan for virtual Canada Day celebrations that will showcase Toronto, including tributes to frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19 and Toronto’s artists and neighbourhoods.

Additional …

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Revised Property Tax and Utility Bills Due Dates

Revised Property Tax and Utility Bills Due Dates

In an early response to help ease hardship brought on by COVID-19, the City announced tax relief measures to help residents, including extending payments and suspending late penalties for all property tax and utility billings.

On May 15, the City’s extended 60-day grace period for these payments will end.

There are changes to instalment amounts and due dates for customers on all payment schedules. All customers will receive a mailed notification of their revised interim bill due dates. Final tax bills will be mailed in mid-May. …

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John’s Update (May 12)

John’s Update (May 12)

Dear Neighbours,

First, the indisputably good news: Thanks to a very high level of co-operation from residents over the past two months, we have avoided the horrifying scenario under which the hospital system could have been overwhelmed. The curve of new COVID cases appears to be flattening, across the province and in Toronto.

Beyond that, the virus remains present, and the future remains uncertain at best.

We are faced with a jumble of confusing, sometimes contradictory, indicators: job losses and the stock market are going up at the …

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Tips for Preventing COVID-19 Fraud

Tips for Preventing COVID-19 Fraud

The COVID-19 pandemic has financially impacted millions of Canadians. Below are some resources and tips to make sure you and your loved ones don’t get taken advantage of during this crisis.

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre collects information on fraud and identity theft. They provide information on past and current scams affecting Canadians. If you have been a victim of fraud, please contact Toronto Police’s non-emergency telephone number [416-808-2222].

Additionally, file your report online through the Centre’s Fraud Reporting System https://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/report-signalez-eng.htm. The Centre will do …

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John’s Update (April 23)

John’s Update (April 23)

Dear Neighbours,

April 23, 2018 began as a sunny spring day in Willowdale. Hundreds strolled Yonge Street’s sidewalks, visiting stores or out with friends for lunch. None of us will forget where we were when we learned that the beauty of that afternoon had been shattered by an act of violent hate that killed 10 people and injured 16 more.

I am proud to say that our community responded to that hate with an outpouring of kindness, compassion and love. The group We Love Willowdale formed overnight …

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Words of Hope by Rabbi Louis Sachs

Words of Hope by Rabbi Louis Sachs

Memory is a fascinating phenomenon. We speak about it as if it were a passive activity, one often beyond our control. Imagine that feeling of a word just beyond reach, whether or not it eventually comes to mind, is not up to us. Yet, memory can also be an active process.

The Hebrew Bible extols us to remember the Sabbath day. It does not mean to simply remember it, but to live it. Memory, in this sense, is not merely a mental experience but is performed …

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Q&A: Visiting Parks During COVID-19 Outbreak

Q&A: Visiting Parks During COVID-19 Outbreak

At this time, the park is not meant to be a destination like it used to be. People can walk/run there, get some exercise and then keep moving.

Amenities in parks are closed
Park and ravine green spaces remain accessible, but all amenities within City parks are closed. If you are visiting a park space, please practice physical distancing. While in a park, residents must not use park amenities or congregate in groups. Dogs can be taken into park spaces on a leash.

The City can close a …

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John’s Update (April 20)

John’s Update (April 20)

Dear Neighbours,

This is a year of tragedies. The incomprehensible mass murder of innocent people in Nova Scotia that we are still coming to grips with, the loss of 260 lives from the senseless shooting down of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752, and the tragedy playing out in long-term care homes in our city and across the country.

In Willowdale this week, our thoughts return to the awful tragedy of April 23, 2018, when 10 people lost their lives and 16 more were injured in an act …

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