Ward 4 and City of Toronto News

Dear West Bend ,
On September 15, Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS) were installed at The Queensway and Ellis Avenue. APS advise pedestrians who are blind, visually impaired, or deaf-blind when they have the right-of-way to cross at a signalized intersection and in which direction they may cross the intersection. The APS push button must be depressed for at least three seconds and adjust to ambient sound levels.
As part of the ongoing Anti-Black racism initiatives by the community, a petition was submitted to the City calling for the renaming of the Dundas Street West. The street’s namesake, Scottish politician Henry Dundas, was involved in delaying the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade, causing more than half a million more Black people to be enslaved in the British Empire. At the Executive Committee meeting on September 23, City staff will put forth recommendations that the City host public consultations on the renaming of Dundas Street and on future street namings and renamings, monumental removals and additions, reinterpretations and revocations and report back to Executive Committee in the first quarter of 2021. More information is available online: gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=142e0897f8&e=382fa4aa2e.
The City continues to expand upon its Resurgence Plan. Over the coming days, the City will be working with the Province to reduce social gathering limits, enhance enforcement on existing restrictions and to expand the mandatory mask requirements. On Saturday, September 12, Toronto’s first voluntary COVID isolation centre opened. Public Health case managers will offer this stay for Covid-19 infected individuals. . People who choose to stay at the centre will receive their own room, meals and daily contact with Toronto Public Health to help guide them through the 14-day isolation period required of people diagnosed with COVID-19.
In honour of the front line workers serving our city in these difficult times, the City has proclaimed September 14 as Champions of Care Day. On this day we also pause to remember those workers who paid the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives to COVID-19.
The City of Toronto has issued an urgent appeal to the federal and provincial governments to create 3,000 permanent, affordable homes, within the next 24 months, for homeless, vulnerable and marginalized residents. These investments will support the Council-approved HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan aimed at helping more than 340,000 households in Toronto over the next 10 years. The full details of the plan, as well as the breakdown of the funding request, can be found in the staff report “Addressing Housing and Homelessness Issues in Toronto through Intergovernmental Partnerships”. (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=bd45d56df0&e=382fa4aa2e)
As always, my office is available for questions or comments regarding any Ward 4 or City-related matters.
Sincerely, Gord
============================================================ Events and News – September 17, 2020 edition:

Participate in City Virtual Engagement Events Published on Sep 17, 2020 05:38 pm The City is using the online tool Webex to support virtual public meetings, consultations and other engagement activities. The instructions outlined here are for Webex Events and will help residents join and participate in these City engagement activities. If you need a disability-related accommodation to participate in a City online event, please let the organizing […] ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=274b9b8d3c&e=382fa4aa2e)

High Park Community Alliance AGM & my views on where we stand Published on Sep 17, 2020 05:37 pm The High Park Community Alliance’s AGM will be held virtually on WebEx at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, September 23. Please click here just prior to the meeting to attend. For additional IT support or to join by phone, see the bottom of this letter. Friends, For a number of years the High Park North community […] ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=398bb2b3e8&e=382fa4aa2e)

Virtual Community Consultation on the 1375 Queen St West Rezoning Application Published on Sep 17, 2020 05:35 pm City Planning is holding a Virtual Community Consultation Meeting on the 1375 Queen Street West Re-Zoning Application. It will be an opportunity to learn more about this application, ask questions and share your comments. Your feedback will help inform the City’s evaluation of the proposed development. The application proposes to amend the City’s Zoning By-laws […] ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=dbd2715db3&e=382fa4aa2e)

#BikeTOBloor Published on Sep 17, 2020 05:33 pm This campaign is intended to highlight the diversity of storefronts and businesses located on Bloor St and show cyclists where they can now bike and shop. With #BikeTOBloor, residents are encouraged to: Ride a bike to a store, Take a photo of your purchase, the shop, or the new bike lanes, Post your photo on […] ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=3fb71ef21b&e=382fa4aa2e)

Here’s how to join Wabash Community Centre Consultations! Published on Sep 14, 2020 09:57 am Virtual Townhall September 22, 2020 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Two ways to join the meeting: Join online Event password: wabash Event number: 132 257 8032 Call 416-216-5643 and use meeting number 132 257 8032. Press *3 to ask a question. Join the virtual townhall to learn more about the project and ask questions. Download […] ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=f5ddc1d757&e=382fa4aa2e)

Pre-application Meeting – 1360 Queen St W Published on Sep 11, 2020 12:54 pm Kingsett Capital, the developer of 1360 Queen St West, the N/W corner of Queen and Brock, will be holding a virtual pre-application meeting to discuss their proposed plans for this site. The proposal includes a 9-storey terraced mixed-use development containing 117 units with ground floor commercial uses and a community hub space. The Virtual Community […] ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=36451f3523&e=382fa4aa2e)

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Pre-application Meeting Notice – 1360 Queen St W

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Kingsett Capital, the developer of 1360 Queen St West, the N/W corner of Queen and Brock, will be holding a virtual pre-application meeting to discuss their proposed plans for this site.
The proposal includes a 9-storey terraced mixed-use development containing 117 units with ground floor commercial uses and a community hub space.
The Virtual Community Consultation meeting will take place on Thursday September 17^th, from 6:30 – 8 PM .
Meeting Link (Webex Events): bit.ly/3bIaqyQ
Councillor Perks and City Planner Patrick Miller will be in attendance.
If you are unable to attend the meeting and are interested in providing comment and/or receiving more detailed information on this application as it becomes available please contact Councillor Perks’ Office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca (mailto:councillor_perks@toronto.ca) .
Regards,
Office of Councillor Gord Perks Parkdale/High Park- Ward 4
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Dear West Bend ,
COVID-19 continues to circulate in the city and the age distribution of reported cases has shifted to younger age groups under 40 years old. Provincial orders under the Reopening Act and the City bylaw on physical distancing remain in effect. As the virus continues to circulate, I would like to remind you to adhere to Toronto Public Health’s advice to wash hands often, stay within you social bubble of no more than 10 people, practise physical distancing and wear a mask or face covering where mandatory or when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
As students go back to school, parents are understandably worried. While the Province and local school boards are responsible for the back to school plans, Toronto Public Health has been providing guidance to Toronto school boards on these plans to ensure a safer return to school for children.
Toronto Public Health has established is establishing a team of more than 70 nurses to provide support for schools as they reopen. Public health teams will also be providing mental health and well-being support in school settings, along with rapid-response outbreak investigation, case management and support the planning process for testing if a COVID-19 case is detected in a school setting.
All-way Stop Sign Installation – Brookside Ave and St. Johns Rd
Transportation staff installed an all-way stop at Brookside Ave and St. Johns Road last week, along with crosswalk and zebra markings.
Last year our office was contacted by local residents and parent council members requesting the installation of an all-way stop sign at Brookside Ave and St. Johns Rd. Following a review by City traffic engineers which determined that the installation of an all-way stop sign control was warranted, Councillor Perks brought the item to Toronto and East York Community Council in July 2020 to expedite approval and installation.
A big thank you to the community members who reached out and collected petition signatures.
As always, my office is available for any Ward 4 or City-related matters at councillor_perks@toronto.ca .
Sincerely, Gord
============================================================ Events and News – September 10, 2020 edition:

3194-3206 Dundas Street West Preliminary report at TEYCC – September 16, 2020 Published on Sep 10, 2020 02:59 pm The Preliminary Staff Report responding to the rezoning application for 3194-3206 Dundas Street West will be reviewed at Toronto and East York Community Council on Wednesday, September 16. For a link to the report, please click here. The rezoning application proposes to amend the City’s Zoning By-laws with an eight-storey mixed-use building. Information on the […] ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=9d3fea4d13&e=382fa4aa2e)

1221 King St West – Construction Staging Report Published on Sep 10, 2020 02:30 pm A Construction Staging Report for 1221 King St West will be reviewed at Toronto East York Community Council (TEYCC) on September 16th. Lifetime Developments is constructing a 14-storey condominium building with ground floor retail at 1221 King Street West. The site is located on the southwest corner of King Street West and Dufferin Street. The […] ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=42e3c08746&e=382fa4aa2e)

2706-2730 Dundas St West – Construction Staging Report Published on Sep 10, 2020 02:26 pm A Construction Staging Report for 2706-2730 Dundas Street West will be reviewed at Toronto East York Community Council (TEYCC) on September 16th. 2720 Dundas Junction Limited Partnership is constructing a nine-storey residential condominium building at 2706-2730 Dundas Street West. The site is located on the northeast corner of Dundas Street West and Watkinson Avenue. The […] ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=235fa097ae&e=382fa4aa2e)

Toronto Environmental Alliance recruiting participants for the Zero Waste High-Rise Project! Published on Sep 10, 2020 11:47 am The Toronto Environmental Alliance has developed an online step-by-step program to help Toronto multi-residential buildings reduce waste and become zero waste leaders. If you are a high-rise building resident, or staff member, and want to take action, you can join the project. Learn more here: www.torontoenvironment.org/highrise_project_join or join an upcoming information session: www.torontoenvironment.org/highrise_events ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=f35951758d&e=382fa4aa2e)

Registration of short-term rentals begins in Toronto Published on Sep 10, 2020 09:33 am On September 10, 2020 the City of Toronto launched a new online registration system for short-term rental operators who rent their homes on a short-term basis for a period of less than 28 consecutive days. Short-term rental operators must register with the City in order to operate in Toronto. Operators are only allowed to rent […] ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=6dd928159d&e=382fa4aa2e)

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Dear West Bend ,
This Monday, the Mayor proclaimed August 31^st as Overdose Awareness Day in the City of Toronto. The opioid crisis remains an urgent public health crisis, exacerbated further by the Covid-19 pandemic.
In my capacity as the Chair of Toronto Drug Strategy Implementation Panel, I wrote a letter (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=1553bdad49&e=382fa4aa2e) in support of the Board of Health urging the Ontario Ministry of Health to support managed opioid/safer supply initiatives.
Two weeks ago, an announcement was made for $1.6 million in federal funding for harm reduction efforts in Toronto.More than $582,000 is earmarked for an emergency safer supply pilot project led by Parkdale Queen West Community Health Clinic. This is great news for the community and it is imperative that funding continues for live saving harm reduction efforts.
On Monday, the City also launched its Resurgence Plan (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=5ba3b92bc3&e=382fa4aa2e) . This plan outlines potential changes to city services in the event of a resurgence of COVID-19. The five priority areas of the City’s response are to implement public health measures, support vulnerable populations, support City employees, mitigate the impact to Toronto’s economy and ensure the resiliency of City services and a coordinated response.
I will continue to share any updates regarding this plan and other City-related matters.
My office can be reached at councillor_perks@toronto.ca for any questions or concerns.
Sincerely, Gord
============================================================ Events and News – September 03, 2020 edition:

Keele Station Easier Access Update Published on Sep 03, 2020 04:11 pm As part of the Easier Access Program, the TTC is installing elevators to make Keele Station accessible. This work will take place starting September 4 to October, 2020. In order to carry out this work, terrazzo tile needs to be installed in the station including in front of both escalators that take customers to the […] ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=74d0a27adb&e=382fa4aa2e)

Virtual CNE 2020: CNE At Home Published on Sep 03, 2020 04:00 pm Earlier this year, like many other events, the Canadian National Exhibition made the historic decision to cancel its iconic fair for only the second occasion in its 142-year history. Although the CNE gates won’t be opening this summer, the CNE is continuing the tradition of bringing fun to Torontonians beginning August 21 to September 7 […] ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=924254ad76&e=382fa4aa2e)

City of Toronto extending outdoor pool season at 10 locations Published on Sep 03, 2020 01:01 pm Select City outdoor pools are extended for the summer season. Torontonians can stretch out the summer at 10 City outdoor pools which will remain open until September 13, with the remainder closing as planned on Sunday, September 6. The ten outdoor pools include: Alex Duff, 779 Crawford St. Donald D. Summerville, 1867 Lake Shore Blvd. […] ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=af3c815b2a&e=382fa4aa2e)

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Dear West Bend ,
My office has received many emails and phone calls regarding safe reopening of schools in September. While the Province and local school boards are responsible for the back to school plans, Toronto Public Health has been providing guidance to Toronto school boards on these plans to ensure a safer return to school for children.
Toronto Public Health is establishing a team of more than 70 nurses to provide support for schools as they reopen. Public health teams will also be providing mental health and well-being support in school settings, along with rapid-response outbreak investigation, case management and support the planning process for testing if a COVID-19 case is detected in a school setting.
The City is also gearing up to offer fall recreation programs beginning this October -toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/recreation (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=6f139ca1c7&e=382fa4aa2e) . Many community centres will also offer free recreation programs this fall, including leisure swimming and drop-in programs for children, youth and older adults. More information is available at toronto.ca/lowcostrecreation (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=9a6c788914&e=382fa4aa2e) . Registration for fall recreation programming will take place from September 12 to 16.
Modified Heat Relief Network
The City of Toronto’s modified Heat Relief Network features a wide array of cool spaces that are open during and beyond Heat Warnings and others open only during Heat Warnings. It includes pools, wading pools, splash pads, community centres and, during Heat Warnings, Emergency Cooling Centres (ECCs) for the public.
The network now includes 72 Toronto Public Library branches that are open for Stage 3 service, which can be used for cooling; 47 community centres and pools that have space, including lobby space and seating, for residents to use for indoor cooling; more than 300 aquatic amenities including the City’s 140 splash pads, 100 wading pools, 56 outdoor swimming pools and 29 indoor pools. An interactive map (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=3f2a22cc80&e=382fa4aa2e) is available online to help those who need to access a cool space find a location near them.
I will continue to update you with more information as they become available to me.
For any Ward 4 or City-related matters, email my office at councillor_perks.ca .
Sincerely, Gord
============================================================ Events and News – August 27, 2020 edition:

Virtual Community Consultation on the Rezoning Application: 1540-1550 Bloor Street West (N/W corner of Bloor and Dundas Street West) Published on Aug 27, 2020 04:57 pm City Planning is holding a Virtual Community Consultation Meeting on the Zoning Amendment and Rental Housing Demolition Applications for 1540-1550 Bloor Street West. It will be an opportunity to learn more about this application, ask questions and share your comments. The application proposes to amend the Zoning By-law to allow a 25-storey (80.6 metres high, […] ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=6fc95d24e4&e=382fa4aa2e)

Virtual Community Consultation on the 1521 Queen St West Rezoning Application Published on Aug 27, 2020 04:55 pm City Planning is holding a Virtual Community Consultation Meeting on the 1521 Queen Street West Re-Zoning Application. It will be an opportunity to learn more about this application, ask questions and share your comments. Your feedback will help inform the City’s evaluation of the proposed development. The application proposes to amend the Zoning By-law to […] ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=560f6cbb12&e=382fa4aa2e)

Major TTC initiatives/construction project updates in Parkdale-High Park Published on Aug 27, 2020 04:42 pm Runnymede Station Easier Access Project Runnymede is scheduled to become an accessible station at the end of 2020. Customers are now boarding all buses inside Runnymede Station’s bus loop. A portion of the bus loop will be occupied by construction material as the project continues to progress. The three elevator shafts have been built. Crews […] ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=e6f0fe704c&e=382fa4aa2e)

Drop off items for reuse, recycling and safe disposal at Community Environment Days Published on Aug 27, 2020 04:16 pm Community Environment Day events begin September 13 and will run on seven weekends until November 1. This year, Community Environment Days will be set up as drive-thru events at the City’s seven Drop-Off Depots. This is a great opportunity to help reduce the amount of reusable or recyclable waste going to landfill and to safely […] ** Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=29ea544ecd&e=382fa4aa2e)

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Dear West Bend ,
This week the City entered its second week of Stage 3 of the Province of Ontario’s Reopening Plan. In response, City staff are working hard to safely and gradually reopen services and amenities for everyone to enjoy this summer.
Online reservation for lane swim and fitness centres The City has launched an online reservation option to enable people to conveniently book indoor lane swim at any of the City’s 29 indoor pool locations or a gym session at select City weight rooms and fitness centres. Fitness centres and weight rooms will reopen on August 17 and reservations can be made starting Thursdays at 7 am for the following week. Walk-ins are still accepted if space is available.
Forestry Community Stewardship Program Yesterday, the City resumed its Forestry Community Stewardship Program. The program involves hands-on work by volunteers to support and encourage native biodiversity in various ecologically sensitive sites across Toronto. Volunteer teams will begin stewardship activities by mid-August.
The program will be offered in a modified format to meet Public Health recommendations. More information is available on the City website (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=a7d202311a&e=382fa4aa2e) .
Modified Heat Relief Network The Heat Relief Network now features a wide array of cool spaces that are open during and beyond Heat Warnings. It includes pools, wading pools, splash pad and community centres. Therefore, the number of emergency cooling centres (ECCs) has been reduced. In our Ward, Masaryk-Cowan Community Recreation Centre continues to be open as one of the 4 ECCs in the City during heat warnings.
As more services become available and Toronto moves into a new normal, you can learn more about what to expect and what is required at toronto.ca/ReopenTO (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=c89f771921&e=382fa4aa2e) .
As always, feel free to email my office about any Ward 4 or City-related matter.
Sincerely, Gord
Events and News – August 13, 2020 edition:
2376 Dundas Street West Development Update Published on Aug 13, 2020 06:24 pm Update on 2376 Dundas St West, site just north of The Crossways A Site Plan application has been submitted to the City of Toronto by Bousfields Inc. proposing 3 additional storeys to the approved 24-storey building at 2376-2388 Dundas St West. A minor variance application has also been submitted to the Committee of Adjustment (File […] Read in browser » (gordperks.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e13b1252c0c649074bca5b6e4&id=dcabee97fe&e=382fa4aa2e)

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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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