Vaccine Age Lowered to 60

Vaccine Age Lowered to 60

Due to a surprisingly low response from older residents, Toronto clinics are expanding appointments to anyone born in 1961 or earlier. Those in the new 60-69 age group can begin registering for an appointment at 8 am tomorrow (Friday) morning. If you are willing to travel a bit, you might even be able to get vaccinated this weekend.

As of yesterday, there were 12,000 unfilled appointments available at city clinics over the next few days. Willowdale’s highly-popular Mitchell Field site, however, is fully booked until at …

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Clean Willowdale & Earth Day 2021

Clean Willowdale & Earth Day 2021

Clean Willowdale to Celebrate Earth Day

The usually scheduled “CleanTo” has been postponed to the fall season. And yet Willowdale’s green spaces, sidewalks, and roads need to be cleaned.

Councillor Filion is thrilled to provide every registered household with garbage bags, gloves, and a guaranteed pick-up of collected waste.

If you are interested then please complete the form below and you will receive a confirmation from Jesse James. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns then please don’t hesitate to contact Jesse: jesse.james@toronto.ca, or 416-338-5298.

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Urban Gardening Seminar

Urban Gardening Seminar

If you’re interested in learning to garden, our office, in partnership with Steven Biggs, Parkview Neighbourhood Garden, and the North York Garden Club, will be hosting an online seminar about basic urban gardening on Wednesday April 7th, from 7 – 8:30pm.

Topics covered will include:

Organic vegetable and herb gardening in containers and small spaces;
Indoor seed starting; and
How to grow vegetables and herbs in your yard.

This online workshop is organized by Councillor Filion’s office, in partnership with community groups and garden instructors including Steven Biggs, Parkview Neighbourhood …

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CampTO Returns for Spring Break

CampTO Returns for Spring Break

The City of Toronto will be offering spring break camps from April 12 through to April 16 through the CampTO program. Registration will open next week at 8:00 AM on Tuesday, March 23.

Designed for campers six to 12 years of age, CampTO, is a creative day camp experience that provides outdoor and physical activities, active and quiet games, arts and crafts and nature-based activities. Approximately 1,600 in-person camp spaces are available at more than 70 locations across the City.

The camp program has been designed with …

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A Cautious Re-Opening

A Cautious Re-Opening

Toronto’s COVID restrictions ease slightly, starting Monday, as the city moves down a step to the “lockdown” rules that were in place before the middle of January.

The most noticeable change is that non-essential retail can re-open, with masks and capacity limits. Attendance at weddings and funerals goes from 5 to 10 participants, as does outdoor gatherings at distanced events. Libraries will open, but only for computer use and contactless pickup. Veterinary services and pet grooming are allowed.

Most other current restrictions remain in place. Indoor gatherings …

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Full Weekend Closure From Finch to St. Clair

Full Weekend Closure From Finch to St. Clair

This weekend, there will be no subway service on Line 1 between Finch and St. Clair stations on both Saturday and Sunday.

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

In addition, there will be a number of early closures and full weekend closures throughout March.
Line 1: Finch to Eglinton nightly early closures March 1 to 4
Line 1: Finch to St Clair full …

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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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Early Closures Continue on Line 1 Next Week

Early Closures Continue on Line 1 Next Week

Early closures will continue on Line 1 between Finch and Eglinton stations from February 22-25. Subway service will end at 11 p.m. nightly for more tunnel and signal upgrades. Regular service will resume around 6 a.m. each following morning.

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

To learn more about these closures, visit: http://www.ttc.ca/Service_Advisories/Subway_closures/index.jsp

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Federal Government Extends COVID-19 Supports

Federal Government Extends COVID-19 Supports

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced extensions to several federal programs designed to provide financial assistance to Canadians during the pandemic.

The Canada Recovery Benefit as well as the Canada Recovery Caregiver Benefit will be extended to cover 38 weeks, up from 26 weeks previously.

CRB is the program that replaced CERB, providing income supports for people who lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic who are not eligible for EI, with the caregiver benefit for those who are caring for healthcare workers

The Canada Recovery Sickness …

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Whats New in COVID: Numbers Fall, Fears Rise

Whats New in COVID: Numbers Fall, Fears Rise

A growing fear of COVID variants is keeping Toronto’s stay-at-home order in place until at least March 8. Restrictions were to loosen this coming Monday in Toronto and neighboring Peel, following weeks of improving case numbers.

But the Province today said it would maintain current restrictions, following requests from the Medical Officers of Health in both regions, in addition to warnings from multiple health experts that numbers could skyrocket if the variants take hold. Restrictions in York Region are being relaxed – for no apparent reason …

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Toronto Schools Re-Opening February 16

Toronto Schools Re-Opening February 16

Students in Toronto will be returning to in-person learning on Tuesday, February 16.

While most students around the province will be back in class next week, those in Toronto, Peel, and York Regions will start a week later, at the request of their Medical Officers of Health.

As an added safety measure, masks will be required outdoors once schools re-open. For a refresher on all of the advice and precautions that the City and the school boards have taken, visit Toronto Public Health’s website here.

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Desmond Cole Wins 2020 Toronto Book Award

Desmond Cole Wins 2020 Toronto Book Award

Congratulations to Toronto author Desmond Cole, who was awarded the 2020 Toronto Book Award. He received the honour for his memoir The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power,  chronicling the struggle against racism in Toronto and across the country in 2017.

To listen to Mr. Cole’s speech upon receiving the award click here.

Congratulations to the other four award finalists:

Frying Plantain by Zalika Reid-Benta (House of Anansi Press)
Dancing After TEN by Vivian Chong and Georgia Webber, project management and access support by Kathleen …

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