Toronto Now Hiring For Seasonal Summer Jobs

Toronto Now Hiring For Seasonal Summer Jobs

Today, the city began its annual hiring campaign for summer parks and recreation jobs. While it’s too early to know what safe and fun activities will be offered this spring and summer, the City is preparing for a safe resumption of parks and recreation services

Each year, Parks, Forestry and Recreation (PFR) employs almost 10,000 people between recreation programs, gardening and landscaping. They are looking for a wide range of skilled applicants from lifeguards and aquatic instructors to outdoor gardeners and parks handy-workers.

In addition to accepting …

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Willowdale to Receive Permanent Housing to Assist Homeless

Willowdale to Receive Permanent Housing to Assist Homeless

Early one morning years ago, I was awoken by an excited caller. “Have you ever seen a homeless person in Willowdale?” he demanded.

“Who is this and why are you asking?” I wondered, still half asleep.

“It’s Mel,” he said.

It was Mel Lastman’s first run for mayor of the newly-amalgamated city, and he had been met by a media storm that morning after declaring that nobody was homeless in North York.

Later that day, a homeless woman was found dead in a North York gas station. But that …

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Some Community Centres Re-Open for Physical Therapy

Some Community Centres Re-Open for Physical Therapy

Ten community centres across the city have re-opened in accordance with a provincial order to allow individuals with disabilities to access physical therapy.

These centres weight rooms, studios, stretch areas and indoor walking tracks are ONLY open to people with a disability as defined by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

If you qualify, you will need to make an appointment by calling the rec centre in advance and presenting a medical certificate each time you attend.

For more information, visit www.toronto.ca/city-government/accessibility-human-rights/accessibility-at-the-city-of-toronto/city-services-for-people-with-disabilities/accessible-recreation-facilities-equipment/.

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Having Fun Isn’t Hard If You Have A Library Card

Having Fun Isn’t Hard If You Have A Library Card

The North York Central Library (NYCL) and branches are open for contactless holds pick-up and drop-off of library materials during regular hours. Customers can place holds on materials and have 14 days to pick up them up once they are available.

NYCL also has a new “Grab & Go” service. Each bag contains 5-8 items for children, teens or adults, each with a specific theme. Tell staff which bag you’d like and staff will sign it out to you. Be sure to bring your library card!

If …

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More Early Closures on Line 1 Next Week

More Early Closures on Line 1 Next Week

Early closures will continue on Line 1 between Finch and Eglinton stations from February 16-18. Subway service will end at 11 p.m. nightly for more tunnel and signal upgrades. Regular service will resume at approximately 6 a.m. each following morning.

Shuttle buses will be running to replace service along the subway line during these closures. Buses will operate every 1.5 to 2 minutes, and supervisors will be stationed at key locations reminding and advising both customers and operators of the TTC’s mandatory mask policy.

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Cool Rinks, Warm Hearts

Cool Rinks, Warm Hearts

This year, Willowdale is home to four community outdoor skating rinks. The rinks are built and maintained by local volunteers so that members of their community can enjoy the outdoors and skate safely in their own neighbourhoods. With COVID-19 making everything more difficult this year, I want to extend a very special thanks to the volunteers who have built and maintained the rinks. We have happier, healthier, communities because of you.

If you want to enjoy the rinks yourself, you can find them at:

Edithvale Community Centre: …

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Pilot Project to Test Civilian Response to Mental Health 911 Calls

Pilot Project to Test Civilian Response to Mental Health 911 Calls

Civilian experts rather than police officers will respond to 911 calls dealing with non-violent mental health crises, under a pilot program approved by Toronto City Council this week. The plan calls for four crisis support teams, responding to calls in different parts of the city.

Its introduction follows incidents of people with mental illness being killed by police, including some instances where there appeared to be no imminent danger to the public or police. Because many of those killed were racialized members of society, the call …

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Send In Your Photos Of Life In Willowdale!

Send In Your Photos Of Life In Willowdale!

To help brighten this long, cold winter, I’m collecting  inspiring, funny, interesting or simply beautiful local scenes.  If you have something you’d like to share, send it along to me at councillor.filion@toronto.ca

I’ll select some to include at the end of these weekly newsletters.

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Please, Don’t Feed the Coyotes

Please, Don’t Feed the Coyotes

The city wants to remind folks, especially ones who live near parks and ravines that you are likely to see more coyotes at this time of year. Between a lack of foliage, and the coyote mating season in January and February, the creatures are both more active and visible.

Coyotes generally do not pose a danger to people but can pose a danger for pets; it is not uncommon for coyotes to injure or kill cats and small dogs. Residents living near green spaces, ravines and …

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City Cracks Down on Masks in Condos and Apartments

City Cracks Down on Masks in Condos and Apartments

The City of Toronto is conducting additional education and enforcement in residential apartment buildings and condominiums where multiple complaints have been received about mask usage in enclosed common spaces.

The City had received 1,950 complaints about improper mask usage in shared residential spaces since the new by-law came into effect in August of last year. Of these complaints, 263 locations have received three or more complaints and 12 locations have received more than 10 complaints related to mask wearing. The City will be following up with …

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Staying Active Outside During the Lockdown

Staying Active Outside During the Lockdown

In case you missed it last week, Willowdale is home to four natural rinks this winter!

Our office will be providing up to date information on the rinks here. Be sure to check the page often to see which rinks are currently open for use. We will be updating the page weekly with all the most up to date information on rink conditions from now until the end of the season.

As a reminder, due to COVID-19 the following rules are in place for natural rinks across …

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Full Subway Closure on Line 1 This Weekend

Full Subway Closure on Line 1 This Weekend

There will be no subway service on Line 1 between Finch and St Clair stations on Saturday, January 23 and Sunday, January 24, 2021 to accommodate work on the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit construction project. While this work is being completed, the TTC is also using the closure to upgrade the signals on our section of the Subway line.

We also have another early subway closure starting next week. Subway service on Line 1 between Finch and Sheppard-Yonge stations will end at 11 p.m. nightly from …

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