Ward 4 and City of Toronto News

Dear West Bend ,
Thank you for your continued efforts in following Public Health recommendations and maintaining physical distancing. We, as a City, continue to see lowered numbers of Covid-19 cases.
City launches Family Well-Being Plan As the pandemic persists, many Torontonians continue to experience ongoing challenges and difficulty navigating supports. In response, the City has developed a Family Well-Being Plan in partnership with community agencies and social service providers, to highlight the supports available to those who may be experiencing family violence during the pandemic. While these times may be isolating, no child, youth or family in the city should feel alone. To access information, resources and tips, please visit toronto.ca/HereToHelpTO (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=0f9864de8d&e=382fa4aa2e) .
Drop-In Program for at Masaryk Park ParksPlayTO is a free drop-in program that offers fun for the whole family. This program is available at Masaryk Park on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1:15p to 4:30pm. Families will participate in a two hour program including activities such as nature and gardening, active games, arts and crafts, family fitness, story-telling and music circles.
Permit Parking enforcement resumption Starting Friday, August 14 at midnight, permit parking enforcement on residential streets in Toronto will resume. Enforcement, as well as the renewal and issuance of residential street parking permits, had been paused due to COVID-19. Temporary daily and weekly parking permits can be purchased online anytime at toronto.ca/parking (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=f07af7fb7e&e=382fa4aa2e) . While the parking permit office remains closed to the public, it can be accessed in the short-term by phone at 416-392-7873 or email at permit.parking@toronto.ca (mailto:permit.parking@toronto.ca) , with extended hours from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Friday.
CaféTO application deadline The City of Toronto’s CaféTO program, which now supports more than 600 restaurants city-wide with increased dining capacity, will close registration to new applicants on Tuesday, August 11 at noon. The program is scheduled to end for the season on November 15. Learn more about CaféTO at toronto.ca/cafeto (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=4134133e88&e=382fa4aa2e) .
For questions on any Ward 4 or City-related matter, feel free to contact my office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca .
Sincerely, Gord
Events and News – August 06, 2020 edition:
Upcoming Pesticide Treatment in High Park Published on Aug 06, 2020 03:42 pm The City of Toronto will be applying pesticide treatments in High Park starting August 10th. Urban Forestry staff will be using the applications to control the invasive herbaceous plant Dog Strangling Vine (Cynanchum rossicum). Urban Forestry Natural Resource worker crews have also been testing various manual control methods intended to supplement the use of chemical […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=b4bc186fe2&e=382fa4aa2e)

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Dear West Bend ,
Yesterday, the Province announced that the City of Toronto can enter Stage 3 of Provincial Reopening Framework on Friday, July 31^st.
The City of Toronto is preparing to oversee the safe restart of more businesses and services. Over 800 playgrounds and play structures, community and recreation centres, and libraries will reopen in Stage 3. Residents will also be allowed to participate in expanded social gatherings and organized public events. Many businesses and facilities will be able to reopen but businesses or services deemed high risk by the Province are not yet permitted to open. Details are available at gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=0e5802863e&e=382fa4aa2e .
While restrictions loosen and more services become available, I hope that you will continue to adhere to Public Health measures so that we may continue making progress on our recovery.
Toronto City Council has voted in favour of a temporary bylaw requiring masks or face coverings in common areas in apartments and condominiums to protect the health and safety of our communities by reducing the spread of COVID-19. The strengthened safety measure responds to concerns that the opportunity for more close contact, especially in indoor settings, will result in more virus spread. The new bylaw, recommended by the Medical Officer of Health and City Solicitor, will require building owners or operators to have a policy to ensure masks or face coverings are worn by individuals in the enclosed common spaces, such as lobbies, elevators and laundry rooms, and post corresponding signage.
You can learn about what to expect and what is required as Toronto moves into the new normal as we begin to visit more establishments and take part in more activities at toronto.ca/ReopenTO (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=57529887c3&e=382fa4aa2e) .
As always, don’t hesitate to contact my office regarding Ward 4 or any City-related matter.
Sincerely, Gord
Events and News – July 30, 2020 edition:
My comments regarding Bill 184 at City Council Published on Jul 30, 2020 05:38 pm Bill 184 puts new onerous and unfair rules on tenants who are fighting to keep their homes. City staff have identified a number of concerns with this Bill and provided proposed changes for consideration. Yesterday, Council adopted my motion to direct the City Solicitor to commence a challenge to those amendments on the grounds that […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=d3609cbc7d&e=382fa4aa2e)
Ellis Bike Lane Update Published on Jul 30, 2020 05:33 pm After years of advocacy by local residents we are excited to announce that bike lanes have been installed on Ellis Avenue between Queensway and Lake Shore Blvd. This includes permanently closing the Southbound Right-Turn channel at Lake Shore Blvd. The channel has been be closed with 2 concrete barriers which have been covered by art […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=a137b60503&e=382fa4aa2e)
City of Toronto preparing residents and businesses for Stage 3 reopening on Friday Published on Jul 30, 2020 03:43 pm The City of Toronto is preparing to oversee the safe restart of more businesses and services following today’s Province of Ontario announcement that Toronto can enter Stage 3 of the provincial reopening this Friday, July 31.
On July 13, the Province announced the implementation of Stage 3 of their “Reopening Ontario” framework for certain regions of Ontario that did not include the City of Toronto. Under the Stage 3 order and regulation made under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, nearly all businesses and public spaces can gradually reopen, with workplace safety and public health measures in place. With today’s announcement, Toronto will now move to Stage 3 later this week, five weeks after entering Stage 2.
As part of the Stage 3 reopening, as of Friday, July 31, Toronto residents are allowed to participate in expanded social gatherings and organized public events. Indoor gatherings of up to 50 people and outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people are now permitted. These gatherings remain subject to compliance with provincial physical distancing requirements of a two-metre distance from anyone outside your household or 10-person social circle. The City’s bylaws on physical distancing in City parks and squares remains in effect, as does the mandatory mask or face covering bylaw for indoor public spaces.
A number of City facilities and amenities will reopen in Stage 3, including the City’s more than 800 playgrounds and play structures, community and recreation centres, and libraries for all on-site services. City staff are now preparing for these additional openings, including inspecting and readying playgrounds and play structures. Following guidance from Toronto Public Health, outdoor playground equipment will not be sanitized. Updated signage with public health guidance will be posted.
Toronto Public Health encourages children to enjoy physical activity and play outdoors. Playing outside is fun, exciting, and important for healthy child development. Parents and guardians can help children stay safe from COVID-19 at playgrounds by: * Teaching children proper handwashing, avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; and cover their cough * Monitoring yourself and your child for symptoms of COVID-19. * Staying home if you or your child is sick. * Bringing your own hand sanitizer, wipes, bottled water, sun screen and personal items * Keeping a two metre (six feet) distance from others, when possible * Wearing a mask or face covering when it is difficult to maintain physical distancing; do not apply a mask on children under the age of two * Washing hands before and after using outdoor playground
If a playground is busy, Toronto Public Health recommends finding another park or going back later. Toronto Public Health has created guidelines for parents and guardians (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=d67d72ecf1&e=382fa4aa2e) to help children play safely at reopened playgrounds.
Under the Province’s Stage 3 order, many businesses and facilities are able to reopen, subject to compliance with reopening conditions and implementing mandatory public health measures, including maintaining contact information for patrons in the event contact tracing is required, cleaning and disinfecting amenities, equipment and devices as is necessary to maintain sanitary conditions for patrons. Businesses and facilities able to reopen include: * Restaurants and bars are permitted to offer indoor dine-in service, provided that all patrons are seated when eating or drinking and that tables are separated by at least two metres or have plexiglass or other impermeable barriers separating them. City Council will be voting on additional measures recommended by Toronto Public Health today. * Sports facilities, subject to conditions that include team sports only be played without physical contact or modified to avoid physical contact and organized team sport leagues are limited to 50 players. The number of spectators attending sports facilities are limited to 50 spectators at an indoor facility and 100 spectators at an outdoor facility * Some recreational programs and services, including fitness, sports, and art and music classes * Recreational attractions and businesses (i.e. museums, zoos, arcades, bowling alleys, pool halls, some karaoke) * Live shows, performing arts and movie theatres together with a limit of no more than 50 people at an indoor cinema or performance venue and no more than 100 people at an outdoor cinema or performance venue. There is no attendance limit on the number of people who may attend a drive-in cinema * Personal service settings can now perform services tending to the face (i.e. facials, beard trims, eyelash extensions, etc.), subject to patrons continuing to wear a mask or face covering unless receiving services to the chin, mouth, or nose area * Tours and guide services subject to capacity limits of no more than 50 people for indoor tours and no more than 100 people for outdoor tours
The Province’s Stage 3 order sets capacity or occupant limits for businesses or facilities open to the public. Operators of businesses and facilities must limit the number of persons within the premises so that every member of the public is able to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person unless the specific type of business or facility has a reopening condition that allows persons to be closer together.
Businesses or services deemed high-risk by the Province are not yet permitted to open. High-risk businesses and activities include: * Nightclubs, except when serving patrons food or beverages and carrying on business in the same manner as a restaurant or bar * Amusement parks and water parks * Buffet-style food services * Private karaoke rooms, unless installed with a plexiglass or other impermeable barrier to separate the performer from every other person in the enclosed space * Saunas, steam rooms, bath houses and oxygen bars * Table games at casinos and gaming establishments
Certain high-risk activities are also not permitted: * Dancing at restaurants and bars, other than by performers hired by the establishment following specific requirements * Overnight stays at camps for children * Team sports are not allowed to be practiced or played unless the sport has been modified to avoid physical contact between the players
Many programs put in place by the City during the pandemic will continue throughout Stage 3. ParksPlayTO will continue offering free drop-in and activity-based recreation programs to children at multiple locations across the city. Summer in the 6IX will continue to offer youth aged 13 and up opportunities to drop in, meet up with friends and participate in fun, themed activities.
Staff anticipate the continuation of ActiveTO road closures until at least the end of September, and possibly until demand falls due to cold weather. ActiveTO makes more room on neighbourhood streets and major roads so that people can maintain a physical distance while outside. It is a measured and data-driven approach to support essential trips, front-line workers and vulnerable road users. Quiet Streets – shared spaces designed to enable residents to maintain physical distancing within their communities as part of ActiveTO – is expected to remain in place until October or November. The ActiveTO expanded cycling network will be in place through the fall of 2021, after which staff will report to Council on the network’s future. The new bikeways support multimodal options for Stage 3 openings. Tweaks to the routes may be made as the situation evolves.
Under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, businesses and facilities that reopen to the public must continue to ensure, to the fullest extent possible, that customers and members of the public who visit the business or facility are able to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from other persons. Under the City’s mask bylaw, all operators of indoor public spaces must post the required bylaw signage and have a mandatory mask or face covering policy requiring customers and employees to wear a mask while indoors. The bylaw includes exemptions for those who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons, children under the age of two, and other accommodations. The bylaw also permits the temporary removal of a mask or face covering when receiving services, having a meal, or engaging in athletic or fitness activity.
The City’s COVID-19 Enforcement Team continues to enforce provincial orders and municipal bylaws. The team’s focus remains on providing individuals and businesses with education leading to compliance. Enforcement officers from Municipal Licensing & Standards, Toronto Public Health, Toronto Police Service, and the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario are working together to address businesses that, despite widespread efforts to educate them on public health requirements to keep their customers and the public safe, continue to disobey provincial orders. In parks and on beaches, enforcement continues for physical distancing as well as public consumption of alcohol, bonfires, and nonpermitted use of barbecues and hibachi grills.
COVID-19 remains a risk in our community and no service can resume or space reopen without the proper public health measures in place. Led by Toronto Public Health and the Emergency Operations Centre, the City of Toronto has published a number of guidance documents for businesses and service providers to ensure they are operating with the safety of staff, customers, and the community as a priority. Businesses should locate and implement the guidance for their industry (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=2fa195f827&e=382fa4aa2e) found online.
Residents can learn about what to expect and what is required as Toronto moves into the new normal and they begin to visit more establishments and take part in more activities at toronto.ca/ReopenTO (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=32fc44244e&e=382fa4aa2e) .
The Province of Ontario’s reopening framework (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=57b1998a21&e=382fa4aa2e) is available online.
The City’s website is updated daily with the latest health advice and information about City services, social supports and economic recovery measures. Check toronto.ca/covid-19 (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=d6d0dc9c5d&e=382fa4aa2e) for answers to common questions before contacting the Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Hotline or 311. Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=0cb95a626f&e=382fa4aa2e)

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Dear West Bend ,
On Tuesday, at the Executive Committee, City staff released a report, which provided an update on the impact of COVID-19 on the City’s finances. Toronto is facing a 1.35 billion dollar deficit, which was projected without mitigation measures to be $1.9 billion, by the end of 2020.
Unlike the Provincial and Federal governments, The City cannot run operating deficits. We must balance our operating budgets, which means we will be forced to either raise property taxes significantly or make devastating cuts to City services. We need immediate support from the Provincial and Federal governments.
On Thursday, July 30^th, I will be hosting a Facebook Live Town Hall at 7:00 pm to discuss the ‘Impact of Covid-19 on City Services and Finances’. Please email in your questions with the subject line, “Town Hall” in advance to toronto.caward04@toronto.ca“>mailto:ward04@toronto.caward04@toronto.ca.
Please include your name, and what neighbourhood you live in. I look forward to hearing your thoughts, ideas, and questions.
Those that do not have facebook accounts can still view the live video by visiting facebook.com/GordPerks.
I hope to see you on Thursday, July 30, 7pm at facebook.com/GordPerks
Sincerely, Gord
Events and News – July 23, 2020 edition:
City recommends next steps on the legacy of Dundas Street and other public assets Published on Jul 23, 2020 04:45 pm The City of Toronto is committed to addressing the legacy of Dundas Street and establishing a process to more broadly understand and respond to how systematic racism and discrimination are embedded in City assets, commemorative programs and naming policies. In response to a petition in June calling for Dundas Street to be renamed, Mayor John […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=f88ffc9145&e=382fa4aa2e)
High Park Zoo llama pen activities update Published on Jul 23, 2020 04:42 pm *Shared at the request of the Friends of High Park Zoo* Although High Park Zoo is now open, we have made the difficult decision to not operate the llama pen activities for the remainder of 2020. We want to ensure that our visitors, volunteers, zookeepers and animals remain as safe as possible; we do not […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=bdbca7ad83&e=382fa4aa2e)
CaféTO COMES TO THE JUNCTION WITH OVER 10,000 SQ. FEET OF NEW PATIO SPACE! Published on Jul 23, 2020 04:37 pm *Shared at the request of the Junction BIA* TORONTO, ON July 20, 2020 – Patio season is in full swing in the Junction! Many of our beloved local restaurants and bars have opened up shop and are now offering outdoor dining service courtesy of the City’s CaféTO program. Extending along Dundas Street West from Indian […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=b16c6f906e&e=382fa4aa2e)
Sundays @ Lambton House – July 26, 2020 Published on Jul 23, 2020 04:33 pm Please join Lambton House (4066 Old Dundas Street), appropriately physically distanced, this Sunday, 26 July at 7:00 p.m. for a special Sunday evening concert from the front porch of Lambton House. Please bring your own chair; masks/face covering recommended. Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=967d08dfe4&e=382fa4aa2e)
Construction Notice: Bikeway Installation on Bloor Street West from Shaw Street to Runnymede Road Published on Jul 23, 2020 04:25 pm Installation Timeline: Tuesday, August 4, 2020 to End of August, 2020 The City of Toronto will install the Bloor West Bikeway Extension starting on Tuesday, August 4th. The street changes are intended to improve safety and comfort for all road users, and include the installation of cycle tracks (protected bike lanes). This project is part […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=b461cdce61&e=382fa4aa2e)

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Dear West Bend ,
As you have probably heard, many parts of our province are moving into Phase Three of the Province’s reopening framework tomorrow (Friday, July 17). While this does not include Toronto at this point, we can expect to reach this milestone soon. In the meantime, items at the City level are starting to open for your enjoyment.
This past Tuesday our ward’s High Park Zoo joined Riverdale Farm and Toronto’s conservatories in reopening to the public. While the zoo is open 7:00 am to dusk, the Friends of High Park Zoo will be opening the lama pens this Saturday, from noon to 2:00 pm.
On Monday, July 20 the City’s community centres, recreation centres and indoor pools will reopen. All locations will have modified programming to meet current safety standards. While pools will be open for lane and leisure swimming, our gymnasiums, fitness areas, and facilitated indoor sports will remain closed. For more information on the reopenings please visit my website (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=99e586e70a&e=382fa4aa2e) .
Ellis Avenue (Queensway to Lake Shore) Bike Lane
The long awaited Ellis Bike lane between Queensway and Lake Shore Boulevard should be installed in the next few weeks. The change will include permanently closing the Southbound right-turn channel at Lake Shore Boulevard. This channel and the resulting pedestrian island has been a constant complaint of pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers alike, as it creates unsafe passage towards our waterfront and poor visibility for drivers. The channel will currently be closed with 2 concrete barriers, painted by two local StreetARToronto (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=5589763d6a&e=382fa4aa2e) artists.
Parkdale Emergency Cooling Centre: New Location
This week the Parkdale emergency cooling centre has moved from the Parkdale Library to the Masaryk-Cowan Community Recreation Centre (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=916cd5a0f7&e=382fa4aa2e) (220 Cowan Avenue). With weather reports reaching a high of 35 degrees this weekend, please pass along this information to anyone in need. For a full list of cooling centres, please click here (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=414a394c09&e=382fa4aa2e) . Sincerely, Gord
Events and News – July 16, 2020 edition:
Community centres and indoor pools to open next week Published on Jul 15, 2020 10:38 pm City of Toronto community centres and indoor pools to open next week Today the city announced that community centres, recreation centres and indoor pools will be reopening on Monday, July 20. The community centres, recreation centres and indoor pools were closed in March to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. As Toronto remains in Stage […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=0d0f788d85&e=382fa4aa2e)
High Park Zoo, Riverdale Farm and Toronto’s conservatories opening July 14 Published on Jul 13, 2020 09:10 pm Today, the City announced that High Park Zoo, Riverdale Farm and the City’s conservatories will open tomorrow, Tuesday, July 14. The farm, zoo and conservatories were closed in March to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Toronto’s oldest zoo, the High Park Zoo, houses animals such as bison, llamas, highland cattle and reindeer. The High […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=b56714dfb9&e=382fa4aa2e)

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This morning I was a part of a press conference (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=778abbfae9&e=382fa4aa2e) addressing Bill184 with my colleague Councillor Wong-Tam, MPP Suze Morrison the NDP’s Critic for Tenant Rights, Alyssa Brierley, Executive Director and General Counsel, Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodations (CERA), Chiara Pavodani, Executive Member, York South-Weston Tenant Union and Marva Burnett, President of ACORN Canada, to speak about Bill 184, the Protecting Tenants and Strengthening Community Housing Act, 2020.
Automated Speed Enforcement City Council has endorsed using speed cameras to help enforce the rules of the road and keep residents safe. The Government of Ontario approved regulations to allow municipalities to operate automated speed enforcement programs in December 2019. Ticketing was scheduled to start in April but was delayed due to the COVID-19 shutdown. Starting July 6, The City of Toronto’s 50 Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) cameras began issuing tickets to speeding vehicles. The 50 cameras are installed city-wide on local, collector and arterial roads in Community Safety Zones near schools.
Outdoor Recreation Starting July 6, the City of Toronto’s outdoor sport and multi-use fields are open for team training and permits will be issued to organizations for the remainder of the 2020 summer season. Even though the fields are now open, pavilions, clubhouses, change areas and lockers will not be available for use, under provincial orders. More information about recreation in the city is available at toronto.ca/rec (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=ebce9a036f&e=382fa4aa2e) . Information about booking and permits for outdoor recreation facilities is available at toronto.ca/services-payments/venues-facilities-bookings/booking-park-recreation-facilities/ (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=634db82a91&e=382fa4aa2e) .
Spring/Summer Newsletter Our yearly spring/summer newsletter has the latest updates in the Ward. This year, we have been sharing our spring/summer newsletter online. In the last few weeks we have shared information “Our Parks & Community Centres (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=229522385a&e=382fa4aa2e) ”, “Transportation (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=648dc27142&e=382fa4aa2e) ” and “Developments (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=7d341ccdd8&e=382fa4aa2e) “. This week we are featuring “Planning Studies” (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=482d5edb1d&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
P.S. A reminder to please water trees in your yard, especially newly planted ones during this hot weather.
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Spring & Summer Newsletter: Planning Studies Published on Jul 09, 2020 02:54 pm City Planning Studies Heritage Conservation District (HCD) studies involve a combination of research, field review, and analysis, including extensive consultation with the community prior to Council considering the designation. Baby Point Heritage Conservation District Study The Toronto Preservation Board, in July 2018, received a report and endorsed the suggested plan to proceed with developing an […] ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=536fc6f648&e=382fa4aa2e)

Bill 184 at City’s Planning and Housing Committee on July 13 Published on Jul 09, 2020 01:58 pm On Monday, July 13, the City’s Planning and Housing Committee will be considering the City’s submission regarding the Ford Government’s proposed Bill 184 – Protecting Tenants and Strengthening Community Housing Act, 2020. In March, 2020 the provincial government introduced Bill 184, which amends the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006, Building Code Act, 1992, Housing Services Act, 2011 and enacts the Ontario […] ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=a0194d1130&e=382fa4aa2e)

Proposed 625 Runnymede Road Development at TEYCC on July 16 Published on Jul 08, 2020 05:46 pm The Final Staff Report for the proposed development at 625 Runnymede Road (the addition to the Runnymede Healthcare Centre) has been released. This report calls for the approval of proposal to construct a five-storey, 200-bed long-term care addition to the existing four-storey Runnymede Health Care Centre. This item will be considered at the Toronto East […] ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=616eab4c49&e=382fa4aa2e)

1488 Queen Street West Development Update Published on Jul 08, 2020 04:52 pm The Preliminary Staff Report on the rezoning application of 1488 Queen Street West will be considered at Toronto and East York Community Council on Thursday, July 16th, 2020. gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=8258a1ead5&e=382fa4aa2e The rezoning application proposes to amend the City’s Zoning By-laws with a 6-storey building for 1488 Queen St West, current site of Guardian Drugs. The application […] ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=21f345519d&e=382fa4aa2e)

1375 Queen Street West Development Update Published on Jul 08, 2020 04:49 pm The Preliminary Staff Report on the rezoning application of 1375 Queen Street West will be considered at Toronto and East York Community Council on Thursday, July 16th, 2020. gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=9170af0150&e=382fa4aa2e The rezoning application proposes to amend the City’s Zoning By-laws with an eight-storey mixed-use building at 1375 Queen St West, at Close Ave. Information on the application […] ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=c14786cdb6&e=382fa4aa2e)

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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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