A Note from John About COVID-19 – Sept 25

A Note from John About COVID-19 – Sept 25

I was holding out hope that recent COVID spikes would cause enough Toronto residents to change their behaviour for us to see a leveling off the upward trend. After today, with its 237 new cases, I’m finding that increasingly less likely.

That’s at the tail end of a week that saw Toronto cases hit 1,104 – up from previous weeks of 617, 385, 265, 206, and 161. Simple math shows that, over those five weeks, the number of cases increased by 685%. Project that ahead to …

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New Mural in Willowdale Thanks to StreetARToronto

New Mural in Willowdale Thanks to StreetARToronto

If you’re using Sheppard Station to hop on the subway, you should consider entering off of Harlandale Ave and enjoy the brand new mural painted by Jieun Kim and Erika James.

The new design includes several large-scale local birds perched on trees and on rooftops, and the buildings in the background represent our neighbourhood’s mixture of high density dwellings, and residential housing.

The mural was funded through StreetARToronto, a program that has been successful in reducing graffiti vandalism in Toronto and replacing it with vibrant street art, …

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Schools Should be Growing With Our Neighbourhoods

Schools Should be Growing With Our Neighbourhoods

By Markus O’Brien-Fehr – Chief of Staff

As a dad sending young kids to school this fall, I’ve shared apprehension with many parents about how this year is going to work. Can kids be adequately distanced in these spaces, especially with surging COVID-19 numbers in our community?

I’ve made a few observations over the first couple of weeks. First, teachers are working very hard and adding great creativity doing their instruction in a completely different and difficult educational environment. Second, schools simply don’t have the resources or …

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Speed Cameras Issue 580 Tickets in Willowdale

Speed Cameras Issue 580 Tickets in Willowdale

Two new speed enforcement cameras in Willowdale have resulted in 580 tickets during their first four weeks of operation.

A total of 372 tickets were issues in the first two weeks. That dropped to 208 for the second two weeks – still an extremely unacceptable number but a slight improvement which shows that the cameras are at least partially meeting their intended purpose of getting people to slow down. Those who don’t face standard fines for speeding.

Both the highest recorded speed (85km in a 40 km …

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Recreation Programs Returning to Toronto

Recreation Programs Returning to Toronto

Markus O’Brien-Fehr – Chief of Staff

As a parent with young kids at home, part of the back to school routine for us includes registering for recreation programs to enrich their experience. The City of Toronto offers a huge range of activities for children of all ages (including the grown-up ones) that are both reliable and reasonably priced. This fall, registration beings for the North York District on Tuesday, September 15.

After a successful summer camp season at our community centres, they return to more familiar offerings including …

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Willowdale Road Safety Survey 2020



Councillor Filion Looking for Your Input on Improving Willowdale’s Road Safety

Councillor Filion is working with residents and City Staff to develop a list of priorities and projects for the next 2+ years that will see a number of significant improvements to road safety in Willowdale. This survey will help Councillor Filion gather important insight and feedback from Willowdale residents.

This survey is also part of a series of virtual community conversations with Councillor Filion throughout September. If you have any questions then please contact Councillor Filion’s …

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Pandemic and the Opioid Crisis

Pandemic and the Opioid Crisis

The number of COVID cases and deaths tell only part of the tragic story that has been unfolding in our city since March.
In Toronto alone, 27 people died in July from opioid overdose. That’s almost one death per day and the highest monthly total ever recorded in Toronto. In the first five months of the pandemic, opioid overdose deaths increased by 85%. In British Columbia the situation is even worse, with a 200% increase compared to the same period last year.There appear to be three …

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Short-Term Rental Regulations Start September 10

Short-Term Rental Regulations Start September 10

Starting this week, the City of Toronto is taking further action to regulate short term rental properties.  Moving forward, those renting properties for fewer than 28 consecutive days must register with the City and provide a registration number on any listings on sites such as Airbnb, Expedia or booking.com.  Having property owner information on file with bylaw enforcement will allow for more efficient follow-up for by-laws officers and increase owner accountability.

Short term rental hosts can now register online here, and must register by December 31, …

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Willowdale Parks Improvement Survey – 2020



Provide your input to help improve Willowdale’s parks!

Councillor Filion is working with City Staff to develop a list of priorities and projects for the next 2+ years that will see a number of significant park improvements in Willowdale. This survey will help Councillor Filion gather important insight and feedback from Willowdale residents.

This survey is also part of a series of virtual community conversations with Councillor Filion throughout September. If you have any questions then please contact Councillor Filion’s office: councillor_filion@toronto.ca or call 416-395-6411.

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A Time for Greater COVID Caution

A Time for Greater COVID Caution

Many thanks to all of you who took the time to write with good wishes for my speedy recovery from West Nile virus. I’m getting a bit stronger every day and expect to fully recover.

A friend jokingly chided me for getting a one-in-a-million virus. “Why do you always have to be different? Couldn’t you just get COVID like thousands of other people?”

Both viruses can be life-threatening, with many potential short and long-term consequences. I am, of course, taking every precaution so that I will never …

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Join the Willowdale Youth Council, 2020-2021!

Join the Willowdale Youth Council, 2020-2021!

(Photo above: WYC team of 2019-2020, with Councillor Filion’s Manager of Community Engagement, Jesse James)

Councillor Filion is pleased to announce that he is accepting applications for the next cohort of his Willowdale Youth Council (WYC), 2020-2021!

The WYC is a unique opportunity for up to 15 youth living in or attending high school in Willowdale to learn more about their local community and connect with other young leaders.

As part of WYC, you can help shape our neighbourhood and learn how the City of Toronto operates by …

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Back To School Update

Back To School Update

by Alexander Brown – Chair, Toronto District School Board – Trustee for Willowdale

As we prepare to open our schools in September and welcome back students and staff, we are doing everything possible to ensure the health and safety of all school community members, while also providing the best academic experience possible for students, supporting mental health and well-being, and considering the needs of families and staff.

School starts on September 15, 2020. Grades will be staggered over the first week to safely reintroduce students to the building. More information …

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