Toronto Supporting School Boards with Back to School Plan

Toronto Supporting School Boards with Back to School Plan

To help keep kids and parents safe during COVID-19 and the return to school, The City of Toronto has offered the Toronto District and Toronto Catholic District School Boards access to 36 rooms in 24 city owned properties to help staff and students physically distance.

The City is also continuing to look into how we can provide even more space without affecting programs that have already been scheduled. We recognize the importance of ensuring students, teachers and support staff are socially distanced …

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Cameras Catch Speeders

Cameras Catch Speeders

Willowdale’s new Automatic Speed Enforcement (ASE) cameras are already catching speeders. Located at Doris and Spring Garden, as well as on Church Ave. east of Doris, the cameras issued 372 tickets in the first two weeks of the program.

Of those tickets, 38 drivers were repeat offenders, with one individual being ticketed 6 times over the two week period. The fastest speed recorded was a car going 85 km/h in a 40 km/h zone, which resulted in the driver being fined $670. Obviously, these statistics are a major concern. …

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New Public Art at Mel Lastman Square

New Public Art at Mel Lastman Square

If you’re passing by Mel Lastman Square, be sure to take a look at the new art that is in the outdoor amphitheatre. Willowdale artist Jieun June Kim was commissioned by North York Arts to transform the space with a temporary creative social distancing artwork.

While there are no events scheduled to use the amphitheatre due to the pandemic, the art will make it easy for people to physically distance once the threatre opens back up. Jiuen used spray chalk with her custom stencils to mark safe seating areas and bring a bright pop of rainbow colours to …

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Alexander Brown Elected Chair of TDSB

Alexander Brown Elected Chair of TDSB

Willowdale trustee Alexander Brown was elected Chair of the Toronto District School Board earlier this week. I have worked closely with Alexander over the past several years and have found him excellent at involving the community in decision-making – something that is greatly needed as we enter the uncharted territory of school reopening during a pandemic.

In recent years, school boards have frequently turned to Willowdale representatives for leadership. In 2019, Trustee Maria Rizzo was elected to a one-year term as Chair of Toronto’s Catholic School …

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Book Fitness Rooms, Indoor Lane Swim, Online

Book Fitness Rooms, Indoor Lane Swim, Online

As of Monday August 17th, Fitness and weight rooms in community centres across the city will be opening to the public. To make booking easier, the City has introduced an online reservation option for workouts at facilities like Mitchell Field, and Edithvale community centres.

The new tool also allows you to book a lane swim at any of the City’s indoor pools online, including at Douglas Snow Aquatic Centre. Outdoor pools at Goulding and Mitchell Field will still be filled on a first come, first served basis.

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My Parents’ Generation and the Pandemic

My Parents’ Generation and the Pandemic

Seventy-five years ago today, my father learned he’d soon be heading home. World War II was officially over in the Pacific, where he’d served with the RCAF. Two years earlier, he’d said goodbye to family, friends and, most notably, a wife and their new baby – not knowing if he’d see them again.

He returned full of optimism at age 30 and set about building the life he wanted: a family, a home, a career, a contributor to a strong society. Much of this was already …

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Toronto Attractions – Summer in the City

Toronto Attractions – Summer in the City

If you’re looking for something to do in the city this summer, more and more attractions are opening up! For a few ideas, just look at the list below.

What’s Going On at the ROM

Have a dinosaur lover in your life? Well good news, the Royal Ontario Museum is back open to the public.

If you’re looking to go and enjoy all the museum has to offer, there are a couple of things that you should know. First, the museum is only open from Wednesday to Sunday, …

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Willowdale Attractions – Summer in the City

Willowdale Attractions – Summer in the City

If you’re looking for something to do around Willowdale, here is a list of just some of the activities around the neighbourhood.

Toronto Pools – Splash Pads – and Beaches

If you’re looking for places to cool down in the city, there is now an online Cool Spaces Near You page to help you. In WIllowdale, some of your options include:

Outdoor Pools – including Goulding and Mitchell Field Community Centres.

Splash Pads – at Hendon Park, Willowdale Park or Glendora Park.  Hours are 9 AM – 8:30 PM weather permitting.

City Beaches – All public beaches in Toronto are …

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Summer in the City

Summer in the City

August 7 2020

We can’t enjoy summer like we did in the past, but I’m having a renewed appreciation for the simple pleasures of a staycation. Warm temperatures and bright sunshine is coinciding with what looks like a hiatus in the spread of COVID, which clearly prefers the indoors. So there may not be a better time to get out.

The virus doesn’t take holidays, to be sure, but the number of new cases has been the lowest in months. In Toronto, the weekly total of new …

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Playgrounds Officially Re-Opening

Playgrounds Officially Re-Opening

Parents and caregivers that have struggled to keep kids entertained at home will be very glad that as of today, the City of Toronto is officially re-opening its 800 playgrounds.  Please be aware however that the City will not be sanitizing this equipment.  Make sure that kids stay supervised, that they wash hands before and after play, physical distance as much as possible, and wear masks if playing in closer proximity to others. If playgrounds get too busy, it might be smart to find a different …

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Masks Mandatory Condos and Apartments

Masks Mandatory Condos and Apartments

Masks will soon be required for anyone using the enclosed common areas of condos and apartment buildings. As of August 5, condo boards and the owners of apartment buildings will be required to have policies in place covering such areas as elevators, laundry rooms and lobbies.

Although some owners and boards had already voluntarily adopted such measures, others have not, prompting Council to make it mandatory at its meeting earlier this week.

The move came amid concerns about keeping the number of new cases low as Toronto …

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What Phase 3 Means for Restaurants and Bars

What Phase 3 Means for Restaurants and Bars

Under the Province of Ontario’s Stage 3 re-opening order, bars and restaurants will be permitted to offer indoor dine-in service, as long as new measures are taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In addition to the current rules and guidelines set out by the Government of Ontario, City Council passed new by-laws this week to further ensure the safety of Toronto restaurant patrons. These include:

Making sure customers remain seated except when entering or exiting, using the washroom, or paying
Separating tables by at least two metres …

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