COUNCILLOR FILION, RESIDENTS AND ADVOCATES CALL FOR IMPROVED YONGE STREET

COUNCILLOR FILION, RESIDENTS AND ADVOCATES CALL FOR IMPROVED YONGE STREET

COUNCILLOR FILION, RESIDENTS AND ADVOCATES CALL FOR IMPROVED YONGE STREET

TORONTO – Residents in Willowdale joined local Councillor John Filion along with advocates from across the city at a virtual press event this morning calling on Toronto City Council to support recommendations for the reconstruction of Yonge Street between Sheppard and Finch Avenues.

The report REimagining Yonge, returning to the City’s Infrastructure and Environment Committee on December 1, would revitalize Yonge St. with much wider sidewalks, enough room for planting, benches and outdoor patios plus a bike …

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Municipal Licensing and Standards Update

Municipal Licensing and Standards Update

After being redeployed to address compliance of COVID-19 related bylaws, Municipal Licensing and Standards Officers resumed enforcing property standards in late August.

As of now, we have two dedicated Municipal Standards Officers in Ward 18, who are available Monday to Sunday to address concerns and investigate property standards infractions. While they have begun to address the backlog of ongoing issues, there are still a significant amount to work through, especially as they balance COVID related compliance with property standards issues.

Complaints can be made by calling 311, …

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Rink at Mel Lastman Square to Open Next Week

Rink at Mel Lastman Square to Open Next Week

The open air rink at Mel Lastman Square is due to open on November 28. In addition to being a great way to get some exercise, the rink is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and the winter weather.

Due to COVID-19, the city is taking extra precautions to ensure that people are safe and physically distanced. This year, we will be limiting the occupancy to 25 people on the rink at a time, and there will be staff and fencing to ensure that the …

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The Shutdown Has Landed

The Shutdown Has Landed

This day has been dawning for many weeks: a shutdown, which became increasingly inevitable when other measures weren’t taken early enough and large segments of the population continued to act as if it were still August, a month in which Toronto saw one day in which there was only a single new COVID case.

Starting Monday, non-essential businesses in Toronto and Peel are closed except for curbside pickup and delivery. Outdoor dining is no longer permitted. Personal services such as hair salons are closed. So are …

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Tragic Fire on Norton Avenue

Tragic Fire on Norton Avenue

Early Tuesday morning, a fire at 37 Norton Avenue killed one resident, put firefighters at risk of serious injury, and forced seven others to run for safety with whatever they could carry. It was an entirely preventable tragedy.

Eight unrelated people were living in the house. The incident is still being investigated by Toronto Fire, the Office of the Fire Marshall, and Toronto Police, so I shouldn’t speculate about their conclusions or what charges may be laid.

What I can say is that one way to help …

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Help Local Restaurants Survive

Help Local Restaurants Survive

Due to this week’s scary COVID numbers and even more frightening forecasts, indoor dining in restaurants is closed until we get the situation under control – which could be a while. Meanwhile, many of our local restaurants are experiencing extreme hardship, and more than a few are in danger of closing forever.

These are mostly small, independent, or family-run places. For them, going out of business means much more than losing a job. In many cases, they also lose something they love, their life savings, and …

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COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts Provide Hope

COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts Provide Hope

The COVID-19 case projections this week have been bleak. There’s no other way to say it. But at least in a tough week we also got a strong glimmer of hope. On Monday, the drug company Pfizer released early data on a COVID-19 vaccine under development showing that it may be up to 90% effective. Though the vaccine remains several weeks away from completing its final phase of clinical trials, and with data yet to be peer-reviewed, the results are nevertheless a very encouraging sign.

The …

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Changing the Future

Changing the Future

In Canada, those protecting our health almost always act in unison, which makes it all the more startling that Toronto had to go it alone this week, pointing to a dangerous and confusing rift between the Provincial priority to keep business open and the City emphasis on reducing sickness and death.

For months, it has been obvious that a second wave is growing so quickly that it threatens to overwhelm us. As regularly chronicled in this space, Toronto’s weekly new case total was 115 on August …

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MP Ehsassi Announces New COVID Partnership

MP Ehsassi Announces New COVID Partnership

The Federal government is paying for COVID research projects performed by Toronto colleges and universities. The program was announced Tuesday by Willowdale MP Ali Ehsassi, and connects the expertise of Toronto’s post-secondary institutions to the City’s research needs. The new partnership model allows the City to ask for research to help support the Toronto’s COVID-19 recovery. Some of these projects include:

The association between socio-demographic characteristics and COVID-19 incidence and severity
Telework – GHG Emission Impacts & Employee Performance
Low-cost decontamination process for respirators and disposable N95 masks
Ambient …

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Remembrance Day Information

Remembrance Day Information

This year, Remembrance Day commemorations will be held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The City of Toronto is encouraging people to instead observe this year’s Remembrance Day commemorations virtually at home or at work. The City will ensure appropriate respect and honour is paid by placing wreaths at the City’s cenotaphs on behalf of various organizations.

The City’s virtual commemorations will focus on the diversity of Toronto’s participation in times of war and significant milestones, as 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the …

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Water Main Repairs to Begin Across Willowdale

Water Main Repairs to Begin Across Willowdale

Starting later this month, a series of water main repairs is set to begin across Willowdale in the following locations:

Anndale Dr from Bonnington Pl To Glendora Ave
Bowerbank Dr from Deering Cres To Silverview Dr
Deering Cres from Bowerbank Dr to Cushendale Dr
Gustav Cres from Maxome Ave To 34 Gustav Cres
Hilda Ave from Moore Park Ave To Connaught Ave
Tanner Crt from Gustav Cres To the south street end

Water mains are underground pipes that deliver a steady supply of fresh, clean drinking water to residents and businesses. The …

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Kids Rely on Access to Local Parks

Kids Rely on Access to Local Parks

by Markus O’Brien Fehr, Chief of Staff

Public health experts are trying to balance the risks and benefits of necessary physical activity with the necessity to keep populations safe from exposure to the virus.  But what impact is the lack of physical activity having on our kids?

A couple weeks back I had the chance to participate in a workshop put on by City Building Ryerson presenting a study conducted over the spring and summer of 2020.  Dr. Raktim Mitra was part of a group looking at …

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