Willowdale Natural Ice Rink Status

Willowdale Natural Ice Rink Status

Ice Rink Status: 2 Open, 2 Closed

(Last updated Jan. 15, 2021)

Willowdale is home to 4 natural rinks this winter.

To make it easier for residents to find details about accessing the natural rinks, our office will be providing updates periodically on the status of the natural rinks.

As per Toronto regulations, Due to COVID-19 the following additional rules are in place:

Physical distancing must be adhered to
All skaters must wear a mask
No hockey is permitted on rinks
There is a 25-person limit for outdoor ice rinks, and
Skaters should only …

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Catch a Concert with City Hall Live

Catch a Concert with City Hall Live

Looking to support music in the city and enjoy a great concert at the same time? The City of Toronto has partnered with Unison Benevolent Fund to launch City Hall Live Spotlight, a weekly livestreamed concert series to support the local music industry and provide Toronto residents with music experiences at home.

The program kicks off next Thursday, January 14 at 7:30 p.m. online, livestreamed from the Phoenix Concert Theatre and is scheduled to run weekly through the spring. The first performance of the series will …

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Early Closures on Line 1 Subway Starting Next Week

Early Closures on Line 1 Subway Starting Next Week

Starting next week, there will be a series of closures on the Line 1 Subway. These closures are being done for tunnel and signal upgrades, and to support work on the Eglinton Crosstown project. Be advised of closures on the following dates:

Finch to Eglinton nightly 11 PM closures January 11 to 14
Finch to Eglinton nightly 11 PM closures January 18 to 21
Finch to St Clair full weekend closure January 23 and 24
Finch to Eglinton nightly 11 PM closures January 25 to 28

Shuttle buses will be …

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New Rules for Reporting COVID in Workplaces

New Rules for Reporting COVID in Workplaces

There are new rules for businesses so that Toronto Public Health can better track and control the spread of COVID-19.

Effective immediately, business owners or managers will need to immediately notify Toronto Public Health as soon as they become aware of two or more people who test positive for COVID-19 within a 14-day interval in connection with your workplace premises.

To improve accountability, all workplace outbreaks will be published weekly in the categories determined by Public Health Ontario. They can be found on the Toronto COVID-19 Dashboard.

In …

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City’s Approach to Sidewalks Must Change

City’s Approach to Sidewalks Must Change

by Markus O’Brien Fehr, Chief of Staff

In a week without access to school yards, the importance of outdoor infrastructure for physical activity has become even more evident. As with so many families struggling to adapt to online learning for young kids, we’ve been forced to encourage more self-reliance so that we, as parents, can keep up with work.   While this has had predictably mixed results with classroom activities (perhaps a topic for a future column), an independent walk to a local park is something we …

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What’s old, and new in COVID

What’s old, and new in COVID

Much has happened in the three weeks since my last newsletter.

Let’s start with what’s new that looks frighteningly similar to what’s old: far too many of us – many more than the politicians who jetted off to sunny climes while urging everyone else to stay home – haven’t followed Public Health advice. As a result, we’ve seen an even more dangerous spike in case numbers, hospitalizations and deaths.

This week, Toronto recorded 5600 new cases – up from the already alarming 4072 four weeks ago and …

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New Full Size Community Centre for Willowdale

New Full Size Community Centre for Willowdale

As Willowdale’s population increases rapidly, providing enough public facilities to meet the rising needs becomes a vital part of planning our community. Last month, we made a great stride forward on that as Council approved my plan to double the size of the community centre to be built as part of the development of the former Newtonbrook Plaza.

Prior to the last election, this area was represented by a different councillor who negotiated a community centre so small that city staff didn’t want to build it. …

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Yonge Street Transformation

Yonge Street Transformation

The future of Willowdale looks much brighter today after Council strongly supported the plan to Transform Yonge between Sheppard and Finch.

When it’s completed, we’ll have a wide boulevard for pedestrians, restaurant patios, plantings, and a bicycle lane separated from both cars and pedestrians. The space will be created by reducing traffic lanes to two in each direction, plus turn lanes and bus bays.

The plan – which was strongly supported by community leaders, urban experts and advocates for pedestrian and cycling safety – will change our …

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Acts of Kindness and What To Look Forward To

Acts of Kindness and What To Look Forward To

In an effort to put more uplifting content in this newsletter, I’m interested in hearing from you on two topics. These are:

Acts of Kindness
Tell me about examples of community members being kind, helpful and thoughtful towards one another during this most difficult of time. Acts of generosity may seem small to the giver but can mean a great deal to the person or group receiving it.

What You’re Looking Forward To
This pandemic will start to loosen its hold on us over the next year. What are …

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Celebrate the Holidays with We Love Willowdale

Celebrate the Holidays with We Love Willowdale

While this holiday season will be a little more distant than most, our friends at We Love Willowdale are hosting an online gathering on Sunday, December 27 at 5:30 PM.

Share some holiday cheer with live music from local talent Matt Gerber and Sarah Murley-Hauser and chat with your neighbours over dinner. Then, cap off the night with a holiday music concert by Canterbury Place favourite Marcus Schwan.

To register for the event, visit: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/we-love-willowdale-holiday-dinner-tickets-130732216579

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Resident Appointed to the Order of Canada

Resident Appointed to the Order of Canada

Last month, local resident Vera Schiff was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada. Schiff was invested as a member of the Order for her career as an author, and for her commitment to the education of Canadians about the holocaust.

Born in 1926 in Prague, Vera lived through the German occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1939, and her deportation to the Theresienstadt ghetto in 1942. She was the only person from her extended family to survive the Holocaust.

After the war, she moved to Israel in 1949, …

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Update on Winter Parks Programs

Update on Winter Parks Programs

Due to a surge in COVID-19 cases, The City is cancelling all planned 2020 holiday CampTO camps and winter instructional programs, including Learn-to-Skate and Instructional Ski. Registrants will automatically receive a refund, and can contact pfrcustomerservice@toronto.ca with any questions they may have.

Skating at Mel Lastman Square

While organized programming may not be running, the City is still keeping parks and amenities like skating at Mel Lastman Square open. If you’d like to go skating, you should be aware that the City has increased restrictions due to …

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