www.toronto.ca/coronavirus – Contains regular city updates with information on how to protect yourself, virus symptoms and treatment.
www.ontario.ca/coronavirus – Contains twice-daily, province-wide updates on COVID-19.
www.canada.ca/coronavirus – Contains information on the federal response to COVID-19 and travel advice.
Self-Assessment Tool Online: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/#q0
- Hon. Marco Mendicino
September 25 COVID-19 Update September 25, 2020 4:00 pm
Throughout the pandemic our local Member of Parliament, Marco Mendicino, has been providing regular COVID-19 updates with useful information about programs and services being offered by the Government of Canada. This page will be updated as new information becomes available. Latest Update: September 25 Update: September 11 Update: August 28 Update: July 24 Update: June 24 Update: June 5 Update: May 20 Update: May 6 Constituency Office Closed A reminder: The constituency office is taking measures to prevent spread of COVID-19 and is closed to the public until further notice. Please leave a message at 416-781-5583 or email us at [email protected] with the following information: Full name Postal code Email address Phone number Brief summary of your question CERB Changes: The CERB will be extended through the end of September, but from then the government will transition individuals who have been receiving the CERB to a more flexible and generous EI program for those who qualify, which will provide them additional features and tools to get back into the workforce. Read more here.
- MPP Robin Martin
September 24 COVID-19 UPDATE September 24, 2020 5:00 pm
Throughout the pandemic our elected officials from the various levels of government have been providing regular COVID-19 updates with useful information and policies. Below are links to updates released by MPP Robin Martin. This page will be updated as new information becomes available. Latest Update: September 24 Update: September 17 Update: September 10 Update: September 3 Update: August 27 Update: August 20 Constituency Office Operations My constituency office has reopened with limited staff on an appointment only basis for constituent services that cannot be delivered virtually. If we are able to address your inquiry through a phone call, email, or zoom meeting, we will continue to ask that you do not attend the office in person to protect both your safety and ours. If you are in need of any assistance you can make an appointment by calling my constituency office at (416) 781-2395 or email me at [email protected]
- Councillor Mike Colle September 22 Newsletter September 22, 2020 6:30 pm
Throughout the pandemic Councillor Colle has been providing regular COVID-19 updates with useful information and policies affecting the citizens of Toronto. This page will be updated as new information becomes available. September Newsletter: September 22 August Newsletter: August 6 Update 15: July 17 Update 14: July 1 Update 13: June 10 Update 12: May 29 Update 11: May 25 Update 10: May 15 In addition, Councillor Colle’s office continues to operate remotely and is available by phone (416) 338-0008 OR email: [email protected] during regular office hours of Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. For daily COVID-19 updates please visit: https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/ For any non-medical issues or related city measures, please call 311.
- TTC Updates – September 2020 September 22, 2020 5:59 pm
Back to school – COVID-19 safety measures in place across the TTC Safety Measures on the TTC – Sept 15 2020 View the September 2020 Stakeholder Update TTC Stakeholder Update – September 2020 The link below provides an update is attached on TTC matters including an overview of measures they are taking to provide safe and accessible transit for customers. Includes info on mask distribution, priority bus lanes, station accessibility, accelerating infrastructure upgrades, upcoming scheduled subway closures and Bathurst Station Photo ID Centre. TTC COVID-19 Update – July 31 2020 Additional safety and COVID-19 related information is posted online: http://www.ttc.ca/COVID-19/index.jsp. Please support safe transit in Toronto.
- Toronto Public Library Updates August 30, 2020 5:06 pm
Now more Library services are available as part of our Stage 3 reopening. We’re excited to be welcoming you back into our branches.
- Participate in The Isolation Run for Health Care Workers August 3, 2020 5:10 pm
Hon. Marco Menidicino invites bike or running clubs to participating in the Isolation Run for front-line health care workers. This is a friendly competition between other MPs and their ridings to run/walk/bike/kayak/wheel over the next 6 weeks to reach a total of 8,030 KM. If any members of SAHRA would like to participate they can sign up here and track their distance here.
- Tips to Cope with Stress May 10, 2020 3:20 pm
Have a routine. Structure your day and maintain positive habits. Take deep breaths. Simple breathing exercises can help ease stress. Try breathing in deeply, counting to three, hold for a count of three, and then slowly breathe out, counting to three. Call or virtually connect with loved ones. Lean on each other for support. Exercise, dance and have fun. Blow off steam and boost endorphins. Let in the sun. Open windows. Sunlight can improve your mood. Help others. Volunteer to pick up groceries or walk the dog for a neighbour who is self-isolating. Helping someone else can make you feel good. Stay informed. Check credible sources of information for updates but take breaks when needed. Taking in the news all day can be draining. Unplug for a bit and recharge – listen to music, meditate, read or listen to a podcast instead. Look for the positives. Share inspirational stories of people helping one another. Engage your brain. Do a word search, Sudoku, jigsaw or crossword puzzle. Seek help. If you are feeling overwhelmed, reach out. Community help is available. Many people may feel sad, stressed, anxious, confused, scared or angry during the COVID-19 pandemic. These are normal and common responses to unexpected or stressful situations. Support is available. Visit the City of Toronto website for information on various mental health resources – https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-protect-yourself-others/covid-19-mental-health-resources/.
- More Spaces on Streets for Physical Distancing May 10, 2020 3:00 pm
City Provides More Spaces on Streets for Physical Distancing – Councillor Josh Matlow (Ward 12) Newsletter May 8, 2020 The City has recently announced the ActiveTO and CurbTO programs being developed by Public Health and Transportation Services to provide more space for people walking and cycling as well as transit riders to allow for better physical distancing as part of the city’s restart and recovery. As the summer comes and the city starts up again, it’s expected people will be out and about more often. Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa’s, advice to residents to stay at home as much as possible and to avoid rushing out to create conditions that would encourage people to congregate, has helped slow the spread of the virus. It has protected the health of Toronto residents and saved lives – which is the primary objective at all times. But, people cannot stay home forever and they will need to go outside. More space on our streets is needed to ensure that Torontonians can go outside while maintaining distance from others. Right now, vehicle and pedestrian traffic are at an all-time low, while bike traffic has stayed about the same in certain downtown locations. In anticipation of changes in traffic patterns in the coming weeks and months, the Mayor and City Council requested City staff look at more active transportation as a crucial part of the restart and recovery. The plans include: Creating Quiet Streets Approximately 50km of local routes throughout Toronto will have traffic calming measures implemented to enable local car traffic only and open up space for pedestrians and cyclists. Major Streets for Active Transportation Transportation Services staff and Toronto Public Health recommend closing some major roads adjacent to major trails or recreational attractions where crowding on weekends and holidays has been observed. These would include some locations with complete closures to all car traffic and would be delivered through recurring short-term road closures, such as on weekends. When this happens, on a trial basis, staff will be monitoring adjacent routes with real-time data and will make adjustments as necessary. Expanding Cycling Network More bike lanes will help people move around the city as the restart gets underway. This plan would see the cycling network expanded and temporary active transportation lanes installed. The City will expand and accelerate key parts of the council-approved Cycling Network Plan that connect the cycling network, as well as bikeways that mirror major TTC routes. Pedestrian Queueing Hotspots The CurbTO program will provide additional space to encourage physical distancing in areas where it is challenging due to lineups for businesses. City staff have worked to identify key hot spots where there are lineups or pinch points on sidewalks that public health and transportation officials have determined need to be addressed to continue to encourage physical distancing and protect overall public health. The program focuses on creating curb lane pedestrian zones to increase space for pedestrians, as well as temporary parking pick-up zones that will allow for quick medicine and food pick-ups at essential businesses. Residents and businesses that would like to get more information on the program are encouraged to visit the City’s website at this link, and call 311 to report any suggestion locations they may have for the program.
- Revised Due Dates for Property Tax and Utility Bills May 10, 2020 3:00 pm
Revised Due Dates for City of Toronto Property Tax and Utility Bills – Councillor Josh Matlow (Ward 12) Newsletter May 8 2020 The 60-day grace period for property tax, utility bill payments and late penalties extended by the City during the COVID-19 response ends on May 15. There are important changes to instalment amounts and due dates for customers on all payment schedules. All customers will receive a mailed notification of their revised interim bill due dates. Final tax bills will be mailed in mid-May as usual. Property taxes for the remainder of 2020 will be due on the following dates: Two-instalment plan: July 2 payment has been moved to Aug 4 Six-instalment plan: April 1 now due on June 1, May 1 now due on July 2, July 2 now due on Aug 4, Aug 4 now due on Sep 1, Sep 1 now due on Oct 1 Eleven-instalment plan: Apr 15 now due on Jun 15, May 15 and Jun 15 instalment amounts are now spread evenly over Jul to Dec payments; Jul 15, Aug 17, Sep 15, Oct 15, Nov 16 and Dec 15. Customers on the 11-instalment plan will have their original May and June interim instalment amounts combined with the final billing and spread evenly over July through December payments. Customers who are already enrolled in the City’s pre-authorized payment plan don’t have to re-enroll – payments will start again automatically on the new due date. Customers who have sent the City post-dated cheques do not need to re-send cheques for the revised due dates, as any cheques previously submitted will be processed on the new due dates. Any cheques received after April 1, 2020 will be cashed according to the date on the cheque. Those who pay their taxes via their mortgage payment should contact their mortgage company or financial institution to understand how this grace period will affect their mortgage amount and/or mortgage payment schedule. Customers who paid their property tax and utility bills during this time will see any payments made reflected on their account. Property owners can access their property tax account details by using the online Property Tax Lookup tool available at here. For utility bill customers, due dates appearing on utility bills have been automatically adjusted to reflect the 60-day grace period.
- Defogging your Glasses May 10, 2020 2:50 pm
Are you having problems with your glasses fogging up when you wear a mask. Review this suggestion – have heard from friends who have tried it that it actually works! https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/05/health/how-to-de-fog-glasses-wearing-mask-wellness-trnd/index.html