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.
============================================================ 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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