Sheppard-Finch Subway Closure Until December 14

Sheppard-Finch Subway Closure Until December 14

Until December 14, the Yonge subway line will be closed between Sheppard and Finch stations. In that time the TTC will be doing work on signal upgrades and asbestos removal, completing two and a half years of work in just 10 days.

To service these stations, shuttle busses will be deployed between Sheppard and Finch Stations, and John has worked with TTC staff to ensure that people are at least as safe while traveling on shuttle busses as they would be if the subway was running.

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Small Businesses Need Our Help

Small Businesses Need Our Help

The Province’s decision to allow big box stores to sell non-essential products while small independent retailers cannot do so is causing additional hardship for local business. Let’s do everything we can to help them during this extremely difficult time.

As much as possible, shop local.

The City is making it easier to do that by re-opening the CurbTO program, which creates temporary parking zones so that shops and restaurants on main streets can offer curbside pickup and delivery services. Businesses along main streets should visit http://www.toronto.ca/curbto to learn more …

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Welcome T.O. Winter Parks Plan

Welcome T.O. Winter Parks Plan

While the pandemic is still present in Toronto, We know that exercise isn’t just good for your physical wellbeing, but for your mental health as well. That’s why this week, Toronto released its Welcome T.O. Winter plan, which provides safe ways for people to get outside in Toronto’s parks, including at our 54 artificial ice rinks and five golf courses.

 

If you’re looking to stay active this winter, here are some options to discover:

While you may have a favourite local hill to sled on, Toronto will …

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Upcoming Subway Closures

Upcoming Subway Closures

From the morning of December 4 to the evening of December 14, the subway will be closed between Sheppard-Yonge and Finch stations so that the TTC can perform signal upgrades and asbestos removal from a section of subway tunnel just north of North York Centre station. The work that’s being done over these 10 days is what would normally be accomplished over two and a half years’ worth of nightly closures.

To service these stations, shuttle busses will be deployed between Sheppard and Finch Stations. John …

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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.

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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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