Ward 4 and City of Toronto News

Dear West Bend
City Council held our third virtual meeting on June 29 & 30^th. Like the tens of thousands of you who called my office, sent in emails, and fought for change, I am disappointed in the results of this meeting. My thoughts on this week’s debate at City Council on the role of Toronto Police Services, the policing budget, and the systemic racism that exists in our own City government and institutions are available here (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=55b1833a51&e=382fa4aa2e) .
Face masks mandatory in public spaces
Toronto City Council voted unanimously in favour of requiring masks or face coverings in all enclosed public places as of July 7 to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The measure heeds advice from the Medical Officer of Health, who recommended City Council use its authority to legislate for the protection of the health, safety and well-being of persons in Toronto to enact a temporary bylaw requiring businesses and facilities to have a policy that ensures masks or face coverings are worn by the public in the enclosed spaces under their control to prevent a resurgence of COVID-19 cases. The full Council decision (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=4bebc7cb6f&e=382fa4aa2e) is available online.
Café TO
The CaféTO report, which directs the City to take quick action and make way for additional safe outdoor dining spaces for local restaurants and bars, was unanimously approved with amendments by Toronto City Council. CaféTO will ensure that accessibility and safety are not compromised while making it easier for many restaurant and bar owners to open patios, expand them and access additional space for physical distancing, in accordance with public health guidelines. Registration for CaféTO is still available for local restaurant and bar owners to better understand requirements and plan. The online form and guidebook for the program can be found at toronto.ca/cafeTO (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=891881999f&e=382fa4aa2e) .
Heat Wave in Effect
Environment and Climate Change Canada has declared a Heat Warning for Toronto for Thursday, July 2 through to Sunday, July 5. Emergency Cooling Centres are open for the duration of this heat wave until Sunday from 11 am – 7 pm. Parkdale Library (1303 Queen St W) is one the locations that will provide publicly accessible air conditioned spaces for residents to rest indoors and receive a cool drink. Staff who are trained to assist residents affected by the extreme heat will be on hand. Strict infection prevention and control measures will be in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Following the Heat Warning issued by Environment Canada, the City has announced that extended pool hours (until 11:45 p.m.) at six outdoor pools are now in effect and may continue to operate with extended hours until the Heat Warning is cancelled. In Ward 4 this extension applies to Sunnyside Park/Gus Ryder Pool, 1755 Lake Shore Blvd. W.
Tips to protect yourself from the heat are available at toronto.ca/keepcool (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=6fbdde5259&e=382fa4aa2e) .
For any Ward 4 or City-related questions, feel free to contact my office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca (mailto:councillor_perks@toronto.ca)
Sincerely,
Gord
============================================================ ** () Events and News – July 02, 2020 edition:
Permit Parking Program is now operational Published on Jul 02, 2020 09:23 am Permit Parking Program will be operational as of July 2nd. In order to maintain the safety of city staff, the office will remain closed to the public but is accessible by telephone (416- 392-7873) and email permit.parking@toronto.ca from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. Renewals All permits expired May 31st. Those expired permit holders […] ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=dab498bb09&e=382fa4aa2e)

My thoughts on the police motions at Council Published on Jun 30, 2020 11:00 pm This week the role of Toronto Police Services, the policing budget, and the systemic racism that exists in our own City government and institutions was debated at City Council. Like the tens of thousands of you who called my office, sent in emails, and fought for change, I am disappointed in the results of this […] ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=7959c6a471&e=382fa4aa2e)

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Dear West Bend
Yesterday the City entered Stage 2 of reopening, following Monday’s announcement by the provincial government. This means the reopening of some services and businesses including restaurants and bars with patios, personal care services, shopping malls and select recreational spaces such as splash pads and pools.
I would like to remind you that COVID-19 remains a risk in our community and no service can resume or space reopen without the proper public health measures in place. Businesses must follow physical distancing measures, enhanced cleaning and disinfection, and other public health requirements. To assist business owners, the City has created a searchable and sortable table containing public heath guidelines that can be found at toronto.ca/reopening (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=b99a187e8d&e=382fa4aa2e) .
City Council Meeting On Monday, June 29, City Council will hold its third virtual meeting. The agenda has now been published and is available here (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=26e66d4da2&e=382fa4aa2e) . The meeting will also be streamed live through the City’s Youtube page (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=76dac32fbb&e=382fa4aa2e) . Significant items on the agenda are the motions on Changes in Policing in Toronto (item CC22.2) and the police budget (item MM22.5). I have shared my comments in the last few weeks that are available here (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=ea9fec4adf&e=382fa4aa2e) and here (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=0de06f8fe8&e=382fa4aa2e) .
Today I am also sharing a recorded conversation (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=3737f44d64&e=382fa4aa2e) between my staff and I on Policing in Toronto, and Anti-Black & Indigenous Racism. I hope this new format will shed some light into my thoughts and process to best represent our concerns going forward.
ActiveTO The City also announced that two major downtown ActiveTO cycling network connections, on parts of University Avenue/Queen’s Park Crescent and Bloor Street, will be installed before the weekend, now that Toronto has entered Stage 2 of the reopening plan. As part of ActiveTO (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=a82b839e7c&e=382fa4aa2e) , weekend closures of major roads including Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes only) from Windermere Avenue to Stadium Road will continue this weekend.
Emergency cooling shelters The City also opened 15 emergency cooling centres including in the Parkdale Library at 1303 Queen Street West. The Library’s centre opened during the weekends’ heat wave for those that needed air conditioned spaces. The City’s website (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=3e2eb76492&e=382fa4aa2e) provides information on how to stay healthy as the weather warms up as well as the schedules for cooling centres.
Spring/Summer Newsletter Every year, my office mails out a spring newsletter with the latest updates in the Ward. This year, we have been sharing our spring/summer newsletter online. In the last 2 weeks we featured “Our Parks & Community Centres (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=e0bb0ca01f&e=382fa4aa2e) ” and “Transportation (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=238695b88f&e=382fa4aa2e) “. This week we are sharing our segment on “Developments (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=c2744832ab&e=382fa4aa2e) “.
For any Ward 4 or City-related questions, feel free to contact my office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca (mailto:councillor_perks@toronto.ca)
Sincerely,
Gord
============================================================ ** () Events and News – June 25, 2020 edition:
Policing in Toronto, and Anti-Black & Indigenous Racism Published on Jun 25, 2020 03:38 pm We have seen the dramatic outpouring of anger and sadness this past month, as people in Toronto and around the world fight for change to the systemic racism that is prevalent throughout our society. I have received hundreds of phones calls and tens of thousands of emails regarding the role of Toronto Police Services, the […] ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=f8f396219e&e=382fa4aa2e)

Spring/Summer Newsletter: Developments Published on Jun 25, 2020 11:56 am Since the sate of emergency development applications have slowed as the Planning Department prioritized completing site plan of existing approved developments. As the development process starts to re-open we have our first development going to July City Council, which will be followed by an updated community consultation system starting in the fall. During this time the provincial government has removed the 210 day timeline […] ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=9dc358c7a9&e=382fa4aa2e)

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Dear West Bend
Today the City reached the tragic milestone of the 1000^th death due to Covid-19. I am sending my deepest condolences to the friends and families for their loss. In this time I urge you to continue practising physical distance, wearing masks and staying within the social circle of no more than 10 people. Provincial Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act orders and the City bylaw on physical distancing remain in effect to further slowdown the rate of spread and ensure that we stay safe.
Motion on Police Budget
Over the past few weeks, many of you have called, emailed and messaged me regarding a motion expected at the June City Council meeting which includes moving 10% of the police budget to investment to “enhance resiliency in marginalized communities,” including community-led alternatives to policing, programs to help at-risk youth and affordable housing, as well as anti-racism education.
As Councillors Matlow and Wong-Tam have stated, the wording of the motion remains in progress. Conversations continue. The motion is not restricted to the request for a 10% reduction. I will be supporting motions that focus on alternatives to policing, ending use of deadly force, and accountability.
Please see my previous comments on this important matter here (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=727c0bc4c8&e=382fa4aa2e) and here (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=536ed82424&e=382fa4aa2e) .
Spring/Summer Newsletter
Throughout the next couple of weeks, we will be sharing an updated version of our spring/summer newsletter. Last week we featured “Our Parks & Community Centres”. (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=fd3c320bb4&e=382fa4aa2e) This week we are sharing our segment on “Transportation (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=1e8d9ee542&e=382fa4aa2e) “.
For any questions or to share your comments regarding Ward 4 or City-related matters, please email me at councillor_perks@toronto.ca .
Daily updates by the City is also available at toronto.ca/covid-19 (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=60d4ca3286&e=382fa4aa2e) .
Sincerely,
Gord
============================================================ ** () Events and News – June 18, 2020 edition:
Spring/Summer Newsletter: Transportation Published on Jun 18, 2020 05:10 pm Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) The ASE program uses a camera and a speed measurement device to detect and capture images of vehicles travelling in excess of the posted speed limit. 50 ASE systems will be installed across the city with two systems per ward, on a rotating basis. Locations are selected through a data-driven approach […] ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=d96e5709fc&e=382fa4aa2e)

TTC COVID-19 Update – Mandatory Masks starting July 2 Published on Jun 18, 2020 04:44 pm Effective July 2, masks or face coverings are mandatory when travelling on the TTC, with the exception of: Children under two years of age. Persons with an underlying medical condition which inhibits the ability to wear a mask or face covering. Persons who are unable to place or remove a mask or face covering without […] ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=952be6544b&e=382fa4aa2e)

Daily Migration Virtual Art Workshops: Call for Participation – Apply by June 19. Published on Jun 18, 2020 10:09 am The STEPS Initiative is a Canadian-based public art organization that develops one-of-a-kind art initiatives and engagement strategies that transform public spaces. Daily Migration is a community-engaged arts project offering creative engagement and social connection through a series of virtual art workshops that will lead to an exhibition and inform the production of a mural in […] ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=3df9ae8ef4&e=382fa4aa2e)

City’s Update on Farmer’s Markets Published on Jun 13, 2020 05:21 pm City of Toronto is working with market organizers to safely reopen farmers’ markets usually located on 22 City sites. Farmers’ markets are valued members of the food supply chain and provide Torontonians with access to fresh fruits and vegetables, encourage residents to get outside and be physically active, and support the local agriculture sector. The […] ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=48129090a6&e=382fa4aa2e)

City of Toronto working to safely reopen licensed child care centres Published on Jun 12, 2020 05:19 pm City of Toronto is beginning a phased approach to reopening City-run licensed child care centres starting Monday, June 29 with the enhanced health and safety measures laid out by the Province of Ontario to keep children, their families and child care centre workers safe. On June 9, the province made the announcement that child care […] ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=05cf32506c&e=382fa4aa2e)

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Dear West Bend
Over the past few weeks we have seen a growing movement around the world to combat anti-Black racism. Here in ward 4 I have been touched by the steps our community has taken during these difficult times. From marches, to education projects, to the tens of thousands of emails I received, our community is showing its ability to push for systemic change.
Let me be clear, anti-Black racism is real and pervasive in our City. As a society we must do, and demand, better. To start, I will be supporting a motion moving 10% of the police budget to investment to enhance resiliency in marginalized communities. For my full statement on this motion, please visit my website (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=cd6b6e7f2f&e=382fa4aa2e) . While this is a move in the right direction, it is only the first step we as a City need to take.
Board of Health
On Monday, June 8, we held our second virtual Board of Health Meeting. I wanted to highlight some important steps we took as a Board.
As part of the recommendations in the Toronto Overdose Action Plan, we voted to urge the federal Minister of Health to grant an exemption under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act to permit the possession of all drugs for personal use, at least for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to immediately scale up prevention, harm reduction, and treatment services. We know that the impact of the toxic drug supply is worsened for people who use drugs by the impacts of the community spread of COVID-19. Suspected opioid overdose calls to the Toronto Paramedics Service have been higher in February, March and April 2020. With April 2020 marking the highest number of suspected opioid overdose-related deaths in a month since September 2017.
The recommendations in the Overdose Action Plan are critical in saving lives and leading us forward in our work addressing the ongoing opioid poisoning crisis. It is time to be having a conversation about decriminalization and how the use of drugs can be handled by the health system rather than the justice system.
I am also pleased to share we voted to declare anti-Black racism a public health crisis and requested the Medical Officer of Health make recommendations to the Board of Health on reprioritizing City of Toronto resources to address the social determinants of health, including specifically a focus on anti-Black racism through the 2021 Budget process and COVID-19 recovery planning. Steps like this must be taken through all divisions and levels of government to help remove systemic issues that affect the inequalities built into our government.
Spring/Summer Newsletter
Prior to the City’s state of emergency declaration, my team and I were busy working on our spring newsletter to update you on what is happening in Ward 4. Since then we have seen dramatic changes throughout the City, as both city staff and our community have had to face the new realities of living in the COVID-19 era. While information is changing fast, I think it is important you are kept informed on topics that are relevant to you.
Throughout the next couple of weeks, we will be sharing an updated version of our spring newsletter, starting this week with “Our Parks & Community Centres (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=cc9dc5b64e&e=382fa4aa2e) ”. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out, as my team and I would be happy to assist you as we move through this challenging time together.
Sincerely,
Gord
============================================================ ** () Events and News – June 11, 2020 edition:
My comments on anti-Black racism and the motion on police budget Published on Jun 11, 2020 05:21 pm There is currently a motion expected at the June City Council meeting which includes moving 10% of the police budget to investment to “enhance resiliency in marginalized communities,” including community-led alternatives to policing, programs to help at-risk youth and affordable housing, as well as anti-racism education. I will be supporting this motion. My record at […] ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=8cfdd3fcaa&e=382fa4aa2e)

Spring/Summer Newsletter: Our Parks & Community Centres Published on Jun 11, 2020 05:15 pm In March the City of Toronto closed all City-owned parks amenities and recreation facilities including playgrounds, sports fields, off-leash dog parks, and community centres. This was part of the City’s effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. As the Province has moved to reduce restrictions, the City has now once again opened a number of […] ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=8982bb217b&e=382fa4aa2e)

Updates on SwimTO and CampTO Published on Jun 11, 2020 05:00 pm SwimTO On Wednesday, the City announced the launch of SwimTO – a quick-start program that will expedite the opening of the City’s beaches, outdoor pools, wading pools and splash pads. City staff are preparing now so that outdoor aquatic amenities can be opened when Toronto enters Stage 2, to help people cool down during hot […] ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=ba825f5647&e=382fa4aa2e)

ActiveTO Updates and continued weekend road closures Published on Jun 11, 2020 04:32 pm The City of Toronto, through ActiveTO, has now delivered 65 kilometres of Quiet Streets along 32 neighbourhood routes across Toronto. Quiet Streets are shared space to allow residents to maintain physical distancing, while getting around on neighbourhood streets. Signage and temporary barricades are placed at intersections to encourage slow, local vehicle access only so the […] ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=2d3902cc83&e=382fa4aa2e)

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Dear West Bend
On Tuesday I had my first virtual town hall. Thank you to everyone that tuned in and asked some important questions on how we recover together. I look forward to having more discussions in the near future and to hear your questions and concerns.
My office has also received your emails, calls and messages regarding the tragic death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet, the conduct of the police and our police budget. Thank you for your advocacy on this. Please see my website (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=530bc2a347&e=382fa4aa2e) for more detailed comments. We must continue to do, and demand, better.
For those that have been waiting for this service, I am happy to share that residents can start scheduling curbside pick-up of their reserved materials from Toronto Public Libraries starting June 8. Currently 70 branches across the City are also accepting return of materials through drop boxes. More details on the curbside services can be found online (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=268e5b9c8b&e=382fa4aa2e) .
The City of Toronto will begin to open some of its approximately 200 parks washrooms this week across the city following the Province of Ontario’s amendments to an order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. The reopening will occur in two phases. The first phase will have roughly 50 washroom sites opening by June 6, followed by the remaining locations by mid-June. In High Park, the Chess House & washroom (building #39) will be open. A list of locations washrooms and sanitation services are available on the City’s services webpage (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=0acec1bd19&e=382fa4aa2e) . Please read the guideline (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=b80b96e1d4&e=382fa4aa2e) s on safely using public washrooms. Due to COVID19 we will not be operating seasonal service on the 30 High Park route into High Park this year.
The City also announced a new quick-start program, CaféTO, that will make it easier for restaurant and bar owners to open patios, to expand them, and to access additional space for physical distancing and for that matter revenue generation during the summer months ahead. More information on this program will be available next week on toronto.ca/cafeto (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=e6e9c6a581&e=382fa4aa2e) .
If you have any questions on any Ward 4 or City-related matters, please contact my office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca (mailto:councillor_perks@toronto.ca) .
For the most updated information from the City, please visit toronto.ca/covid-19 (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=72d7508fda&e=382fa4aa2e) .
Sincerely,
Gord
============================================================ ** () Events and News – June 04, 2020 edition:
My comments regarding the conduct of the police and our police budget Published on Jun 04, 2020 05:08 pm Thank you for your emails, calls and messages regarding the tragic death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet, the conduct of the police and our police budget. The SIU investigation is underway. I will be following the outcomes closely. Her family deserves answers, as do we all. There are many who question the SIU process and demand reform. […] ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=50dea60da1&e=382fa4aa2e)

Join Progress Toronto in calling for a New Deal for Toronto Published on Jun 04, 2020 05:03 pm Progress Toronto has put together a petition urging the Federal and Provincial governments to provide immediate financial relief to cities and commit to a new deal, a new relationship, with our city to help us build a Toronto that works for everyone. gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=ccf05f7991&e=382fa4aa2e Just as so many Torontonians are struggling to pay rent and put […] ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=f1027e7abe&e=382fa4aa2e)

City invites public input on Recovery and Rebuild efforts Published on Jun 04, 2020 04:15 pm The City announced the launch of an outreach and consultation initiative to engage residents, communities and businesses, and to seek their perspectives on how the City can recover, rebuild and emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic even stronger. Toronto’s recovery and rebuilding in the months to come will be guided by public health considerations and provincial […] ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=5e8ba0693b&e=382fa4aa2e)

Daily Migration Virtual Art Workshops: Call for Participation Published on Jun 04, 2020 03:57 pm The STEPS Initiative and visual artist Shalak Attack invite you to apply to be part of a unique virtual workshop series that explores the stories and experiences of newcomers in the Parkdale neighbourhood of Toronto. Up to 20 Participants will have the opportunity to work directly with Shalak Attack, while connecting with others and developing […] ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=b65b0fbbe5&e=382fa4aa2e)

ActiveTO road closures this weekend Published on Jun 04, 2020 03:02 pm The City will close sections of three major roads this weekend, in total making more than 10 kilometres of roadway available for walking, running and biking, as part of ActiveTO. This weekend, the closure on Lake Shore Boulevard West will return and the Lake Shore Boulevard East closure will be extended east to Leslie Street. […] ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=2494c8d670&e=382fa4aa2e)

City working with large downtown employers to extend working from home efforts Published on Jun 04, 2020 10:16 am City of Toronto and a number of the city’s other major downtown employers, as well as Toronto’s post-secondary institutions, will continue to support employees, where possible, to work from home until September at the earliest. This effort is part of the work the City is doing to keep pressure off the TTC and Metrolinx as […] ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=da9ff2b85d&e=382fa4aa2e)

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Dear West Bend
Today, we held our second virtual City Council meeting where we voted to approve the installation of approximately 25 kilometres of new bikeways, along with the final approval and acceleration of 15-kilometres of cycling routes previously planned for this year, for a total of approximately 40 kilometres of on-street cycling lanes approved for accelerated installation in 2020.
Part of the approved project is the Bloor West Bikeway Extension which will extend the existing Bloor bike lanes westward from Shaw Street to Runnymede Road. This bike lane will also connect to the West End Rail Path and High Park. It is a great achievement for our City. Thank you to all the community members and advocates for your hard work in making this happen.
Starting Monday, June 1, drop boxes at all accessible Toronto Library branches will open to accept returns. Library members can continue to place holds online, through the TPL website at www.torontopubliclibrary.ca, and will then be able to pick up their materials through a curbside pick-up service which will be available in early June.
The reopening framework provided by the Province of Ontario and the advice of the Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health and the Toronto Medical Officer of Health, will be incorporated to ensure best practices within libraries as well as for the safe delivery of curbside service. The suspension of fines implemented when the pandemic began will continue until regular service resumes.
While the City works to ensure services and businesses are safely reopened, the transition has not and will not be easy. At this time, I urge you to continue following Public Health advice and practice physical distancing whenever possible to do so and wear a mask when unable to practice physical distancing.
For the most updated information from the City, visit www.toronto.ca/covid-19 .
Sincerely,
Gord
============================================================ ** () Events and News – May 28, 2020 edition:
My Virtual Town Hall is happening June 2nd, 7pm. Send in your comments! Published on May 28, 2020 05:25 pm While our city, along with the rest of the world, faces this difficult time, I have been comforted by the outpouring of help and support our Parkdale – High Park community has shared with each other. Seeing residents provide a helping hand to their neighbours, supporting our local restaurants and businesses, and donate meals to […] ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=ac8586e03e&e=382fa4aa2e)

My comments at Council on the Housing Now Initiative – May 28, 2020 Published on May 28, 2020 05:16 pm Today, Toronto City Council approved the second phase of Housing Now. Here are my comments on the importance of socially owned housing. ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=e1c7380497&e=382fa4aa2e)

Junction Farmers Market is Online! Starts May 30th Published on May 28, 2020 04:44 pm Your favourite JFM vendors will have pre-packaged market boxes in various sizes and price points. Find the list of vendors and items on their website gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=449eabaccc&e=382fa4aa2e. Their ordering window opens at 5 pm every Saturday and closes at 11:59 pm every Wednesday for the following Saturday pick-up – so make sure to plan in advance! […] ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=45a912ce64&e=382fa4aa2e)

TTC Safety Measures Published on May 28, 2020 04:37 pm The document below is an overview of measures TTC continues to take to keep riders safe and well informed. ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=d792ad2730&e=382fa4aa2e)

High Park Stewards Presents Weird and Wonderful Plants Published on May 28, 2020 04:32 pm SUNDAY, JUNE 14, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm WEIRD AND WONDERFUL PLANTS Heather Jerrard shows us interesting plant specimens, gardening tips and tricks and combinations for low maintenance outdoor spaces. You’re invited to attend this special, online presentation about interesting plant specimens, conversation starters in the garden, natives, edibles, and planting combinations for outdoor spaces […] ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=772f67519c&e=382fa4aa2e)

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*CHANGE IN VIRTUAL TOWN HALL DATE AND CORRECTED EMAIL ADDRESS*

June 2nd, 2020 at 7pm 
View this email in your browser (mailchi.mp/128edd8feced/change-in-virtual-town-hall-date-and-corrected-email-address?e=382fa4aa2e) Dear West Bend
Due to a Council meeting scheduled on May 28, my virtual town hall meeting date has been rescheduled to Tuesday, June 2^nd, 2020.
While our city, along with the rest of the world, faces this difficult time, I have been comforted by the outpouring of help and support our Parkdale – High Park community has shared with each other. Seeing residents provide a helping hand to their neighbours, supporting our local restaurants and businesses, and donate meals to our health care workers has been heartwarming. I feel it is more important than ever that we come together, not only to get through this pandemic, but to rebuild a stronger, more just society for all residents of Toronto.
Next Tuesday, June 2nd I will be hosting a Facebook Live Town Hall at 7:00 pm to discuss both the current recovery efforts, and what we as a society can do moving forward. I would love to hear your thoughts, ideas, and questions. As this will be our first virtual Town Hall, I am sure there will be some bumps in the road, but by working together our community can take an active role defining what type of city emerges from the recovery effort.
To help start the process, please email a question with the subject line, “Town Hall” in advance to ward04@toronto.ca (mailto:ward04@toronto.ca) or by replying to this email. Please include your name, and what neighbourhood you live in. I hope to see you on Tuesday, June 2 at facebook.com/GordPerks .
Sincerely,
Gord
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Dear West Bend ,
While our city, along with the rest of the world, faces this difficult time, I have been comforted by the outpouring of help and support our Parkdale – High Park community has shared with each other. Seeing residents provide a helping hand to their neighbours, supporting our local restaurants and businesses, and donate meals to our health care workers has been heartwarming. I feel it is more important than ever that we come together, not only to get through this pandemic, but to rebuild a stronger, more just society for all residents of Toronto.
Next Thursday, May 28 I will be hosting a Facebook Live Town Hall at 7:00 pm to discuss both the current recovery efforts, and what we as a society can do moving forward. I would love to hear your thoughts, ideas, and questions. As this will be our first virtual Town Hall, I am sure there will be some bumps in the road, but by working together our community can take an active role defining what type of city emerges from the recovery effort.
To help start the process, please email a question with the subject line, “Town Hall” in advance to ward4@toronto.ca, including your name, and what neighbourhood you live in. I hope to see you on Thursday, May 28 at facebook.com/GordPerks.
Following the Province of Ontario’s amendments to an order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, the City has lifted some restrictions related to vehicle access into High Park. On weekdays (Monday through Friday) vehicle access into the park will again be permitted. However, as part of Active TO, on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays), High Park will only be accessible to foot traffic to allow for physical distancing.
The City is opening over 850 park amenities and expanding ActiveTO major road closures this weekend.
Along with these measures and the weather warming up, more people will be outdoors. I urge you to continue staying two metres apart and where physical distancing can absolutely not be maintained, wear face masks or face coverings in public.
Continue visiting toronto.ca/covid-19 for the most up-to-date information from the City.
Gord Events and News – May 21, 2020 edition: * Over 850 park amenities to open this week * Parts of Lake Shore Blvd to be closed May 23 & 24 for ActiveTO

** Over 850 park amenities to open this week ———————————————————— Published on May 21, 2020 01:05 pm Following the Province of Ontario’s amendments to an order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, the City will open more than 850 park amenities this week. The City moved quickly Tuesday to open more than 70 off-leash dog parks across Toronto. Five BMX locations, 14 skateboard parks and four disc golf locations opened […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=e3245233c7&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Parts of Lake Shore Blvd to be closed May 23 & 24 for ActiveTO ———————————————————— Published on May 21, 2020 12:52 pm City of Toronto will expand its ActiveTO major road closures footprint this weekend to provide residents with more space to physically distance while outdoors and getting exercise, while helping stop the spread of COVID-19. Vehicle access on parts of more major roads will be closed for walking, running and biking this Saturday and Sunday. The […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=83bed3b698&e=382fa4aa2e)

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Dear West Bend ,
The City launched ShopHERE, a program to help Toronto independent businesses and artists open a free online store to minimize the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The online store will be built and launched for free in just a matter of days. Hands-on support will be provided throughout the entire process from volunteer website developers and marketing and business students.
Toronto independent businesses and artists can sign up for their free online store at digitalmainstreet.ca/shophere.
For those who are home and looking for new challenges, the newCity of Toronto Stay, Play and Learn At Home webpage, (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=c43853d147&e=382fa4aa2e) has a list of free virtual programming and activities to help residents stay active, stay engaged, have fun and learn new things while practicing physical distancing or self-isolating at home. This includes dance, fitness, art activities, science, book clubs, live music, museum tours and so much more. There’s something in the listing for every age group. It includes links to virtual programs from EarlyON centres for children, as well as from Seniors Active Living Centres.
This past week, the Province announced funding for childcare centres to cover their fixed operating costs and waiving licencing application and renewal fees. While the City is supportive of the Provincial and the Federal government subsidies and benefits to small businesses and individuals, there has been no direct funding for municipalities.
Due to the pandemic, the City is losing $65 million a week in revenue and facing financial uncertainty. Years of tax cuts on the provincial and federal levels have been paid for by downloading services onto municipalities and made municipalities reliant on user fees. It’s the collapse of user-fee revenue that is will cause the collapse of municipally delivered services.
Community stakeholders, activists, governments and academics have been putting their mind to how we protect and grow our municipally delivered services to lead our City into a robust recovery.
To stay updated on the City’s response to COVID-19, visit toronto.ca/covid-19 .
Gord Events and News – May 14, 2020 edition: * Updates from Toronto Building and City Planning * PARC fundraiser for Parkdale Solidarity Fund: Mutual Aid Parkdale * Support Local Businesses * Housing and Shelter Resources – Rent Bank & FMTA Housing Workshops

** Updates from Toronto Building and City Planning ———————————————————— Published on May 14, 2020 10:41 am Permits:As of this week, all Toronto Building permitting and inspection services are being offered. Some of the services are modified with new applications being accepted electronically only and in-person inspection protocols have been established to ensure health and safety. Some staff have been reassigned to permitting in order to improve response times to permit requests. […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=4f813ac824&e=382fa4aa2e)

** PARC fundraiser for Parkdale Solidarity Fund: Mutual Aid Parkdale ———————————————————— Published on May 14, 2020 10:00 am Mutual Aid Parkdale is a neighbourhood group organized on the core principle of practicing solidarity in times of crisis. In responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, they have been safely reaching out to hundreds of neighbours and checking in on them to see what material and social support they need by sharing what they have, purchasing […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=146b084d6f&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Support Local Businesses ———————————————————— Published on May 14, 2020 09:45 am Small businesses are especially affected during this pandemic. That is why we encourage you to shop local, from small independent businesses. As curbside pick up becomes available for many retail stores, please continue to follow Public Health advice and maintain physical distancing. Click below on individual BIAs for updates on businesses in their area. The […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=8f0731ffb3&e=382fa4aa2e)

** Housing and Shelter Resources – Rent Bank & FMTA Housing Workshops ———————————————————— Published on May 13, 2020 01:29 pm This weekend, Federation of Metro Tenant Association (FMTA) is leading housing workshops: To receive invitations to join them, you’ll need to register by emailing the FMTA at: totenantschool@torontotenants.org TCHC TENANTS AND COVID-19 (Saturday May 16) ORGANIZING FOR CHANGE: BUILDING TENANT POWER DURING AND AFTER COVID-19 (Sunday May 17) If you are behind on rent or […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=36ca2313bd&e=382fa4aa2e)

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