John’s Update (April 6)

John’s Update (April 6)

Dear Neighbours,

As all of us struggle to find ways to safely get groceries to our homes, many of our neighbours have an extra worry: they can’t afford enough food to feed their families. Just as the economic situation worsens, two of the three food banks serving Willowdale have closed their doors, at least temporarily.

All levels of government are working with several organizations to help keep food banks open.

In Toronto, the Mayor today announced several new city initiatives:

Food Delivery for Some Seniors
The City is partnering with Red Cross …

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Kicking Off Tele-Town Hall Program

Kicking Off Tele-Town Hall Program

Thanks to the thousands of Willowdale residents who joined in  for a special COVID-19 telephone town hall on April 6.  John and I were joined by Member of Parliament for Willowdale, Ali Ehsassi and President and CEO of North York General Hospital Dr. Joshua Tepper in a special format as we look for different tools to stay connected during this period.

Many of you had important questions about government programs and supports, strategies for physical distancing – especially in condos and other public places, or what …

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Willowdale Pharmacy Resources

Willowdale Pharmacy Resources

With so many pharmacies in the Willowdale area offering home delivery for prescriptions, there may be little reason to leave your home to pick-up medication.  Most require you to become a listed customer for delivery.  Contact your local store for more information.

9-Eleven Drug Mart
6018 Yonge St
(416) 221-6444
911drugmart.ca
9 AM – 7 PM

Aria Pharmacy
11 Newton Dr
(416) 792-3743
info@ariapharmacy.ca
www.ariapharmacy.ca
9 AM – 6 PM

Dynasty Medical Clinic and Pharmacy
5460 Yonge St #106
(416) 250-5460
9 AM – 6 PM

Health Solutions Pharmacy
5927 Bathurst St
(416) 221-2444
info@hspharmacy.ca
www.myrxhealth.ca/hsp/
9 AM – 7 PM

HealthOne Pharmacy
5292 Yonge St B
(416) 223-6666
info@healthonemedicalcentre.com
www.healthonemedicalcentre.com
9:30 …

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John’s Update (April 3)

John’s Update (April 3)

Well….if any of us weren’t already alarmed enough to change our behaviour, COVID-19 projected death totals released by the Province today should change that. As a best case — that is, if we all do what’s required to keep ourselves and others safe — the number of projected deaths in Ontario ranges from 3,000 to 15,000 deaths. A worst case, if we don’t do what we need to, is many times worse than that.

Perhaps the most important takeaway from today’s announcement is that thousands of lives depend on us following some …

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Willowdale Grocery Resources

Willowdale Grocery Resources

With growing concerns related to COVID-19, accessing food and groceries is a growing concern for many.  Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health has advised not to leave home except to source essentials such as food or medicine.  When necessary, grocery trips should not be taken more than once per week if possible.

For seniors or other members of the community who may be at greater risk, many of Ward 18’s grocery stores have established special services to reduce your risk while shopping.

We have established that the following …

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Yard Waste Collection Resumes for 2 weeks

Yard Waste Collection Resumes for 2 weeks

Yard waste collection will resume for a period of two weeks from Monday, April 6 to Friday, April 17. Residents are asked to put their yard waste out before 7 AM on their regularly scheduled garbage/yard waste collection day. If your yard waste is not picked up the day you put it out, please just leave it out and do not call 311 to report a missed collection.

After the two-week period of yard waste pickup, the City will assess if it can continue to maintain …

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Mayor Signs Emergency Order Regulating Physical Distancing

Mayor Signs Emergency Order Regulating Physical Distancing

Today, Mayor John Tory signed an emergency order regulating physical distancing in City of Toronto parks and public squares.

Any two people who don’t live together, who fail to keep two metres of distance between them in a park or public square, will be subject to prosecution and will be liable for a fine of up to $5,000 upon conviction. The City has asked the Chief Justice of the Province of Ontario to issue a set fine for this offence.

The Mayor took this emergency action – …

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COVID-19 Update (April 1)

COVID-19 Update (April 1)

Dear Neighbours,

As the COVID-19 crisis worsens, government actions to control public behaviour increases. Today, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa formalised several measures (see below) which were previously strongly recommended but not legally required. As of today, those who don’t comply will be subject to legal penalties.

Over the past two weeks, the number of cases in Toronto has increased by 500%. Urgent action is required to flatten that trajectory to avoid the tragic situations we see in other large cities. The difference …

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COVID-19 Update (March 30)

COVID-19 Update (March 30)

Dear Neighbours,

It’s been another day of sad news — the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths continues to mount — together with some bits of good news in the form of increased support for individuals and businesses by governments at all levels.

Thanks to the vast majority of you who are doing all you can to keep us all well by strictly observing physical distancing rules: stay home if possible and, if you must go out, keep at least two metres away from others. Wash your …

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COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

Like all of you, my team and I are working daily to keep up with the impacts that COVID-19 is having on our country, city and local community. As the situation continues to change daily, we have been adapting to the latest circumstances.

If you have questions about best practices relating to COVID-19, I encourage you to visit www.toronto.ca/covid19 for the latest news and best information.

Following the advice of the Medical Officer of Health, we are doing our part to protect the community by serving Willowdale …

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Profile: Canadian Helen Keller Centre

Profile: Canadian Helen Keller Centre

Story by Franco Cignelli, Marketing & Communications Specialist, Canadian Helen Keller Centre. This story first appeared on CHKC’s blog. To learn more about CHKC visit chkc.org.

Located in the Willowdale community is the Canadian Helen Keller Centre (CHKC). In operation since 1992, CHKC provides 16 affordable housing units on Willowdale Avenue known as the Rotary Cheshire Apartments (RCA). It also operates a fully accessible Training Centre on Empress Avenue where Canadians who are deafblind can learn life skills.

CHKC’s vision is to see a society where all …

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Next Steps to Addressing Vacant Homes

Next Steps to Addressing Vacant Homes

After generating much discussion, action on a Vacant Homes Tax was not ultimately part of this year’s budget cycle. This will, however, be something Council takes a close look at over the coming months.

Over a relatively short number of years, the issue of housing affordability in Toronto has grown from concerning to crisis level. Real estate prices have escalated so quickly, both for home ownership as well as for rentals, a whole generation is finding itself priced out of the market. Rental vacancy rates are …

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